A number of different types of dressings are available for the management of vascular access sites. Vapor-permeable dressings differ in relation to their thickness, weight, extensibility, gaseous permeability, and moisture vapor transmission rate (MVTR). MVTR may be important in preventing the accumulation of sweat and bacteria on intact skin. The current review examines the available literature and the advantages and disadvantages of some of the dressings in use in clinical practice.

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