Dressings are applications to wounds to promote healing and/or prevent any further harm. Dressings are designed to be in direct contact with the wound, differing from a bandage. Dressings are commonly used in first aid and nursing. Dressings come in the form of gauzes, films, gels, and foams depending on need. Wound dressings are made to be sterile, breathable and conducive for a moist healing environment. Wound dressings reduce the risk of infection, help the wound heal more quickly and reduce scarring. Medical dressings come in a variety of sizes and are made to treat many different injuries and wounds. Medical dressings can include surgical dressings to be applied to surgery sites, first aid bandages, or even a compression bandage that is used for strained muscles or injuries. It\\\'s important for nurses and home health aides to learn about the different types of medical dressings.