Several factors influence your choice in selecting the appropriate wound dressing. There are six things to consider. First, what is the condition of the wound? Is it sloughy, dry infected, have an odor, painful or malignant? Second, what is the condition of the surrounding skin? Is the skin either fragile or macerated? Third, what is the focus of the treatment? Will fight infection, relieve pain and odor, promote healing, and absorb exudate? Fourth, what is the cause of the wound? Fifth, where is the anatomical location of the wound? It may make it difficult for the patient to dress. Finally, there is the issue of who will pay for the wound dressings.