The selection of dressings requires training and expertise in wound care. Factors that should be considered when choosing a dressing include:

The stage of wound healing, Amount of exudate, Infection, Odour, The adhesiveness of a dressing (ease of removal), Irritation caused by the adhesive, Absorption, The frequency of dressing changes, Ease of use of the dressing, Amount of pain at dressing changes, Protection of the surrounding skin, Patient preference.