Medicare Part B Reference Sheet

This reference tool provides indications and limitations of coverage for surgical dressings.
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Collagen Dressings

Collagen is the protein that gives strength to the skin, therefore, making collagen appropriate for stalled wounds. There are various collagen technologies available. Collagen can be derived from various sources such as bovine, equine, Piscean, ovine, porcine, and avian. Dressing formulations include particles, powder, gel, sheets, and pads.

Composite Dressings

Composite dressings are multifunctional in providing a protective barrier, promoting autolytic debridement, and moldable. This dressing is comprised of a non-adherent pad and is available with and without a border of retention tape or transparent film. Absorbency is minimal to moderate.

Contact Layer Dressings

These dressings provide and interface between the wound and the dressing protecting healing wound tissues. Contact layers wick exudate away from the wound and protect the wound base.

Gauze (non-impregnated) Dressings

Gauzes or non-woven or woven. They are not all the same and depending on what the usage is, determines which gauze is most appropriate. Gauze can be used for cleansing wounds, packing wounds, and covering wounds.

Wound Filler Dressings

Wound fillers help manage exudate and fill in dead space of deeper wounds. Fillers can be time-released with antimicrobial properties and are available in gels, pads, pastes, beads, strands, and pillows.

Transparent Film Dressings

Transparent films are convenient in monitoring wounds with a visual inspection. These dressings are semipermeable. Impermeable to liquid, water, and bacteria, but permeable to moisture vapor atmospheric gases. TFs are conformable and waterproof. Available in numerous sizes and cost-effective.