Choosing the proper dressing for your patient is not always easy, but it can be if you follow the ‘map’ in front of you. Let your experience – and your current wound assessment be your guide. This includes how well the previous dressing you just removed performed for the patient. The dressing will and should change as the wound heals. Wound care is like cooking: there are novices, there are chefs and there are master magicians. Knowing what to use from your ‘pantry’ can make a big difference!