Iodine dressings have dual action of antimicrobial and desloughing properties. They are very effective antiseptic agents and aid in speeding up the healing process, particularly in chronic and burn wounds. These dressings combine the antimicrobial effect of iodine with autolytic debridement, moisture balance and active therapies to optimize wound healing. The color of the dressing changes as iodine is released. Iodine dressings have a high absorbency rate, are versatile in nature and biodegradable. Smith&Nephew is among the top manufacturers of these types of dressings.