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Specialty absorptive dressing, wound cover, sterile, pad size more than 48 sq. in., without adhesive border, each dressing

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Name of the Procedure:

Specialty Absorptive Dressing, Wound Cover, Sterile, Pad Size More Than 48 sq. in., Without Adhesive Border (HCPCS Code: A6253)


This procedure involves the application of a sterile, highly absorptive wound dressing that covers a large wound area (more than 48 square inches). It does not have an adhesive border and is designed to manage and protect severely exuding wounds.


The dressing is used to cover and manage large, heavily exuding wounds. Its primary goal is to absorb exudate (fluids oozing from the wound) and thereby promote a moist wound healing environment while protecting the wound from contamination and further injury.


  • Large wounds with heavy exudate
  • Chronic wounds, such as pressure ulcers or diabetic ulcers
  • Post-surgical wounds with significant drainage
  • Traumatic wounds
  • Venous or arterial ulcers


  • The wound should be cleaned and debrided as required.
  • Hands should be washed, and sterile gloves should be worn during the application.
  • No specific fasting or medication adjustments are typically needed.
  • An assessment of the wound size and exudate level should be conducted beforehand.

Procedure Description

  1. Clean and debride the wound, if necessary.
  2. Open the sterile package containing the absorptive dressing.
  3. Place the dressing over the wound, ensuring complete coverage of the wound area.
  4. Secure the dressing with an appropriate secondary dressing or bandage since it lacks an adhesive border.
  5. Monitor the wound for signs of infection and the dressing's absorption capacity, changing the dressing as needed.


  • Specialty absorptive dressing
  • Sterile gloves
  • Cleaning and debriding tools
  • Secondary dressing or bandage

No anesthesia or sedation is required for this procedure.


The application of the dressing typically takes between 5-15 minutes, depending on the wound's condition and size.


  • Hospital
  • Outpatient clinic
  • Home care setting (if supervised by a healthcare professional)


  • Nurses or wound care specialists
  • Possibly instructed caregivers in a home care setting

Risks and Complications

  • Infection if the wound is not properly cleaned
  • Allergic reactions to the dressing material
  • Skin irritation or maceration from prolonged moisture retention


  • Efficient absorption of large amounts of exudate
  • Maintains a moist wound healing environment
  • Protects the wound from external contaminants
  • Reduces the frequency of dressing changes


  • Follow-up care involves regular dressing changes as recommended by a healthcare provider, typically every one to three days.
  • Proper wound monitoring to ensure no signs of infection.
  • Maintaining a clean and dry surrounding wound area.


  • Hydrocolloid dressings
  • Foam dressings
  • Alginates
  • Gauze dressings Pros and Cons: Specialty absorptive dressings have higher absorption capacity than most alternatives but require a secondary dressing to secure in place.

Patient Experience

Patients might feel some initial discomfort during the cleaning and debridement of the wound. The absorptive dressing itself is generally comfortable to wear and can significantly reduce the frequency of dressing changes, which can improve overall patient convenience. Pain management through analgesics can be provided if necessary.

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