Tremendous strides have been made in wound management since the mid-1980s when transparent films and hydrocolloids began to replace traditional gauze pads and non-adherent dressings as primary coverings for acute and chronic wounds. Today, Advanced Wound Management dressings including hydrocolloids, alginates, gels and foams allow healthcare professionals to manage moisture at the wound surface and reduce the frequency of dressing changes from several times a day to several times a week.