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Specialty absorptive dressing, wound cover, sterile, pad size 16 sq. in. or less, with any size adhesive border, each dressing

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Name of the Procedure:

Specialty Absorptive Dressing, Wound Cover, Sterile, Pad Size 16 Sq. In. or Less, with Any Size Adhesive Border (HCPCS Code A6254)

  • Common Name: Absorptive Wound Dressing
  • Medical Term: Absorptive Foam Dressing with Adhesive Border


This procedure involves applying a specialty absorptive dressing to a wound. The dressing helps to absorb exudate (fluid leakage) from the wound while providing a sterile cover to protect it and promote healing. The dressing is designed for wounds that exude moderate to heavy amounts of fluid.


  • To manage wound exudate and keep the wound environment moist, which is conducive to healing.
  • To protect the wound from external contaminants.
  • To reduce the risk of infection and facilitate faster wound healing.


  • Conditions: Chronic wounds, pressure ulcers, diabetic ulcers, post-operative wounds, traumatic wounds, and other moderate to heavily exuding wounds.
  • Patient Criteria: Patients with wounds that require enhanced absorption capabilities and protection. Suitable for individuals who may have sensitive skin due to the adhesive border, which is gentle yet secure.


  • Patient Instructions: Ensure the wound is cleaned and dried before applying the dressing. Follow any specific instructions from healthcare providers about wound cleansing solutions or antiseptics.
  • Diagnostic Tests/Assessments: No specific tests are required, but a healthcare provider may assess the wound's size, depth, and exudate levels.

Procedure Description

  1. The healthcare provider will clean the wound using a sterile solution.
  2. The wound area will be dried thoroughly.
  3. The absorptive dressing is selected based on the wound’s dimensions and exudate levels.
  4. The protective liner is removed from the adhesive border of the dressing.
  5. The dressing is carefully placed over the wound, ensuring the pad covers the entire wound and the adhesive secures the dressing to the surrounding healthy skin.
  6. The dressing may be left in place as per the healthcare provider's recommendation and typically changed every few days or when saturated with exudate.
  • Tools and Equipment: Sterile gloves, cleansing solution, sterile gauze (optional), the absorptive dressing.
  • Anesthesia/Sedation: Not required.


  • The procedure itself typically takes about 5-10 minutes.


  • This procedure can be performed in various settings, including hospitals, outpatient clinics, nursing homes, or even at home by a competent caregiver.


  • Healthcare Providers: Nurses, wound care specialists, and occasionally physicians may be involved in the initial application. Caregivers or patients themselves may perform follow-up applications.

Risks and Complications

  • Common Risks: Skin irritation or allergy to the adhesive border.
  • Rare Risks: Infection if the dressing is not properly applied or changed regularly.
  • Management: Remove the dressing if any signs of severe irritation or infection appear and consult a healthcare provider immediately.


  • Effective absorption of wound exudate.
  • Reduced risk of maceration of surrounding skin.
  • Lower risk of infection due to the antimicrobial properties of some dressings.
  • Patients often see improved healing rates within a few days to a week.


  • Post-Procedure Care: Keep the dressing clean and dry. Follow the healthcare provider’s instructions for changing the dressing.
  • Recovery Time: Recovery depends on the wound type and patient health, varying from a few days to several weeks.
  • Restrictions/Follow-Up: Avoid strenuous activities that may disrupt the dressing. Regular follow-up appointments for wound assessment may be needed.


  • Other Options: Transparent film dressings, hydrocolloid dressings, hydrogel dressings.
  • Pros and Cons: Alternative dressings may not offer the same level of absorption or protection but may be appropriate for less exudative wounds or different stages of healing.

Patient Experience

  • During the Procedure: Patients may feel slight discomfort during the cleaning stage, but the application of the dressing itself is usually painless.
  • After the Procedure: Some minor discomfort from the adhesive, but generally, patients will feel relief from reduced exudate and protection of the wound.
  • Pain Management: Over-the-counter pain relievers can be used if needed, and healthcare providers may offer specific advice for managing any discomfort.

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