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Specialty absorptive dressing, wound cover, sterile, pad size more than 16 sq. in. but less than or equal to 48 sq. in., with any size adhesive border, each dressing

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Specialty Absorptive Dressing, Wound Cover, Sterile, Pad Size More Than 16 sq. in. but Less Than or Equal to 48 sq. in., with Any Size Adhesive Border (HCPCS Code: A6255)


A specialty absorptive dressing is a type of advanced wound cover that utilizes highly absorbent materials to manage wound exudate. The absorbent side of the dressing is placed over the wound, and an adhesive border secures it in place. This dressing helps to maintain a moist wound environment, which is conducive to healing.


  • Medical Conditions: This dressing is used to manage moderate to heavily exuding wounds, such as ulcers, surgical wounds, and traumatic wounds.
  • Goals: The main objective is to absorb excess wound exudate, reduce the risk of infection, and promote a moist environment that facilitates faster healing.


  • Chronic wounds like venous stasis ulcers, pressure ulcers, and diabetic ulcers.
  • Acute wounds such as surgical incisions or traumatic wounds that produce significant exudate.
  • Patients who need a sterile, large-size dressing that can remain in place for extended periods.


  • Cleanse the wound area as directed by a healthcare professional.
  • Pat the skin around the wound dry to ensure better adhesion of the dressing.
  • No specific fasting or medication adjustments are needed.
  • A wound assessment may be performed to determine the appropriate dressing size and type.

Procedure Description

  1. Tool Preparation: Gather all materials which include the sterile dressing and optional gloves.
  2. Wound Cleaning: Cleanse the wound with sterile saline or a prescribed wound cleanser.
  3. Dry Surrounding Skin: Ensure the skin around the wound is dry to help the adhesive border stick properly.
  4. Applying the Dressing: Remove the dressing from its sterile packaging and place the absorbent pad directly over the wound.
  5. Securing the Dressing: Smooth the adhesive border around the pad to secure it in place, ensuring it is wrinkle-free to prevent leakage.
  6. Final Check: Ensure the dressing is properly sealed around the wound edges.


The application of the dressing typically takes about 5-10 minutes.


This procedure can be performed in various settings, including:

  • Hospitals
  • Outpatient clinics
  • Home care settings


  • Primary Carer: Generally applied by nurses or trained caregivers.
  • Oversight: Physician or wound care specialist, especially for complex cases.

Risks and Complications

  • Common Risks: Mild skin irritation or allergic reactions to adhesive.
  • Rare Risks: Infection if the dressing is not properly sealed or changed regularly.
  • Management: Monitoring for signs of infection and changing the dressing as recommended.


  • Healing Environment: Creates and maintains a moist wound healing environment.
  • Infection Control: Helps protect against contamination.
  • Comfort: Minimal disturbance to the wound site, making it more comfortable for the patient.


  • Post-care: Regular dressing changes as recommended, usually every 1 to 3 days.
  • Monitoring: Close monitoring of wound healing progress and signs of infection.
  • Restrictions: Minor activity restrictions depending on the wound location and patient condition.
  • Follow-Up: Scheduled follow-up appointments with the healthcare provider for wound assessment.


  • Other Dressings: Hydrocolloid, foam, alginate, or hydrogel dressings.
  • Comparative Pros and Cons: Each dressing type has specific indications and benefits; for example, alginate dressings are also highly absorbent but may not provide the same level of protection against contamination.

Patient Experience

  • During Application: Patients might feel slight discomfort during cleaning and application, but the process is generally painless.
  • After Application: Minimal discomfort; adhesive borders ensure the dressing stays in place.
  • Pain Management: Over-the-counter pain relievers can be taken if necessary, and the dressing change schedule should be followed to minimize discomfort.

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