It presents as serous fluid in the wound bed and is part of normal wound healing in acute wounds.

However, when the wound becomes ‘chronic’ and non-healing with persistent, abnormal inflammation or when infection becomes established, exudate takes on a different guise and generates clinical challenges.

The pink tinge, which comes from red blood cells, indicates damage to the capillaries with dressing changes. Are you rethinking the need for a contact layer on the wound bed now?

Seropurulent exudate is thin, watery, cloudy, and yellow to tan in color. DISCLAIMER: All clinical recommendations are intended to assist with determining the appropriate wound therapy for the patient.

Let’s look at the types of exudates commonly seen with wounds. It’s normal during the inflammatory stage of wound healing and smaller amounts is considered normal wound drainage.

However, a moderate to heavy amount may indicate a high bioburden.

The management of wound exudate requires the clinician to have an understanding of what it is, why it is present and how to monitor and assess it accurately.

The production of wound exudate occurs as a result of vasodilation during the early inflammatory stage of healing under the influence of inflammatory mediators such as histamine and bradykinin.In order to develop an effective management approach, the clinician must be able to accurately assess and understand the implications of the composition and quantity of exudate present in the wound.Wound exudate was described by the Swiss physician Paracelsus (c1491-1541) as nature’s balsam [3].BY: NANCY MORGAN, RN, BSN, MBA, WOCN, WCC, CWCMS, DWC What exactly is wound exudate?Also known as drainage, exudate is a liquid produced by the body in response to tissue damage.If you have a dressing not on this page, please visit the manufacturer’s website.