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What is wound care? Wound care is the process of treating a wound to help it heal. The basic steps of wound care include cleaning, bandaging, and ... [read more]

ProAdvantage - Sterile Cotton Gauze Sponges (8 ply)

  • 8-Ply
  • Absorbent and breathable
  • Economical wound care product
  • Perfect for the home, office, or First-Aid kit
From $2.13

Dynarex - Sterile Non-woven Gauze Sponges

  • Sterile
  • 4-ply non-woven
  • Extremely absorbent
  • Less linting than standard gauze
  • Ideal for wound dressings, prepping and scrubbing, general purpose cleansing
From $2.42

AMD Ritmed - Sterile ABD Pads

  • Individually wrapped
  • Highly absorbent cotton gauze pad
  • Versatile multi-purpose stretch cotton bandage
From $4.11

AMD Ritmed - Post-op Sterile Sponges

  • Multi-layer stretch cotton gauze cover
  • Cellulose/cotton fill for maximum absorption
  • Two bandages in each pack
From $5.12

Kerlix - Sterile Gauze Bandage

  • 6 ply roll
  • Protects and cushions wounds
  • Helps to prevent infection and quickly absorbs fluids
  • Made from woven, pre-washed, crinkle-weave gauze
From $1.09

Covidien Curity - Sterile Abdominal Pad

  • Highly absorbent wound dressing
  • Sealed edges to prevent leakage and lint residue
  • Individually wrapped and available in three sizes
  • Wet proof barrier
From $7.15

Dynarex - General Use Sterile Gauze Sponges

  • Low lint potential
  • USP Type VII Gauze
  • Ply Size: 8 ply or 12 ply
From $2.21

Covidien Curity - Sterile Gauze Sponges

  • Ply size: 8, 12
  • Sponge size: 2" x 2", 3" x 3", 4' x 4"
  • U.S.P. type VII sterile gauze sponges
From $3.12

ProAdvantage - Sterile Cotton Gauze Sponges (12 ply)

  • Breathable and absorbent
  • Economical
  • First aid kit accessory
  • 12 ply sterile cotton gauze sponges
From $3.31

AMD Ritmed - Sterile Krimped Gauze Bandage Rolls

  • 6 Ply bandage roll
  • Ideal first aid accessory
  • Krimped bandage rolls are great for securing wound dressings
From $1.33

Covidien Curity - Non-woven Cover Sponges

  • Designed for general use with heavy to moderate exuding wounds
  • Cellulose wadding filling covered in non-woven fabric
  • Economical wound covering
  • Made in the USA
From $5.01

Medline - Bordered Gauze Adhesive Island Dressing

  • Latex free
  • Sterile
  • Soft gauze pad with adhesive border
  • Use as a primary or secondary dressing
From $33.60

Covidien Curity - Sterile Gauze Bandage

  • Multi-use gauze rolls
  • Highly absorbent
  • Ideal for use with IV's and dressings
  • Each roll is 75" long
From $9.10

Kerlix 8-Ply Sterile Bandage Roll

  • 8-ply gauze
  • Sterile gauze bandage
  • Made of pre-washed, fluff-dried cotton
  • 4.5" wide
  • Absorbs exudate and cushions wounds
From $2.01

ConvaTec AllKare - Adhesive Remover Wipes

  • Adhesive remover that soothes the skin
  • Convenient and disposable
  • Ostomy supplies that gently remove adhesives
From $12.77

Skin Tac - Adhesive Barrier Wipes

  • Hypo-allergenic adhesive wipes
  • Ideal skin barrier between tape and skin
  • Ostomy supplies that go on easy and wipes of with rubbing alcohol
From $21.47

Dynarex - Adhesive Tape Remover Pads

  • Non-irritating
  • Easy tear packs
  • Removes adhesives and adhesive tape
From $5.45

Eloquest Healthcare Detachol - Non-irritating Adhesive Remover

  • No aerosol
  • Safely removes residue from skin
  • Ideal for use on ostomy appliances
  • Non-irritating adhesive remover
From $12.77

Eloquest Healthcare Mastisol - Clear Liquid Adhesive

  • Non-irritating
  • Saves time and effort
  • Long lasting adhesive
  • Reduces allergic reactions
  • Reduces risk of infection and dislodgement of devices
From $20.45

Hollister - Ostomy Appliance and Medical Skin Adhesive

  • Medical grade silicone adhesive
  • Provides a secure and reliable seal
  • Improves adhesive contact between skin and barrier
From $31.26

Hollister - Ostomy and Medical Adhesive Remover (No Sting)

  • Medical grade adhesive remover
  • Silcone based and alcohol free formula
  • Ideal for removing appliance adhesive, ostomy adhesive, and cements
From $12.07

Nu-Hope - Adhesive Remover and Cleaning Solvent

  • Not to be used on skin
  • Effectively cleans ostomy or urological appliances and supplies
  • Removes adhesive from ostomy or urological appliances and supplies
From $11.95

Nu-Hope - Ostomy/Urological Appliance Adhesive

  • Dries to tacky surface in minutes
  • Natural rubber-based ostomy/urological appliance adhesive
  • Adheres to problem areas and troublesome stoma placements
  • Works on excess perspiration, oily skin, scar lines, and skin wrinkles
From $12.45

Perma-Type - Surgical Cement /Ostomy and Urological Adhesive

  • Contains natural latex
  • Waterproof and fast drying
  • 4 oz can with brush-in-cap applicator
  • Ideal for ostomy and urological applications
From $15.32

Torbot Bonding Cement

  • Fast drying secure bond
  • Contains liquid latex, N-hexane, Zinc Oxide
  • Ostomy/Urological adhesive for urostomies, ileostomies, colostomies, or catheters
From $13.27

What is wound care?

Wound care is the process of treating a wound to help it heal. The basic steps of wound care include cleaning, bandaging, and monitoring your wound. It is important to follow your doctor's wound care instructions to avoid infection and other complications.

Additional Information

Wound care supplies are items such as topical solutions and bandages that are used to prevent infection and quickly heal burns, ulcers, and abrasions. For optimal healing, you must clean the wound, apply antibiotics, and change dressings when the bandage is wet or soiled. It is important for the wound to be moist, but not wet. Taking proper care of your wound will not only lead to faster healing, but will also help reduce scarring.

When it comes to wound care, cleansing the affected area is a crucial step before applying a bandage. Wound cleansers help prep a wound site by removing debris and disinfecting the area. These pH-balanced solultions also help keep the wound site moisturized. No rinsing is required after spraying the cleanser onto the skin. Antiseptic towelettes, such as BZK wipes, sterilize the skin and are a convenient alternative to liquid cleansers. Povidone-iodine prep pads also prevent infection by killing bacteria in cuts and burns. Both of these antiseptic wipes are alcohol-free, so they will not cause stinging.

If your wound is producing exudate, you may require the use of a wound gel before applying a dressing. Convatec Duoderm makes hydroactive gel and paste that are used in conjunction with a wound dressing to promote a moist environment that is ideal for healing. These formulas are designed to remove dead or infected tissue, while protecting newly formed tissue from any irritation. Express Medical Supply sells the hydroactive gel and paste in sterile, single-use tubes for hygenic purposes.

After cleansing a wound, a dressing such as a Mepilex dressing should be applied. These help protect the wound and absorb exudate. Tegaderm makes adhesive transparent dressings, which creates a waterproof barrier and allows you to monitor the condition of your wound. Non-adhesive dressings are kept in place with medical tape or a Coban wrap. Foam wound dressings are designed to pad the area and remove excess drainage, which reduces the risk of infection or further breakdown. Hydrofiber dressings transform liquid exudate into a gel and keep the wound from drying out during the healing process. These dressings also contain silver to quickly kill pathogens and draw out infection. All dressings are designed to be easily removed without further damaging the healing wound.

A first aid kit contains supplies necessary to care for injuries such as cuts, burns, and other minor wounds. Common items found in pre-packaged first aid kits include bandages, sterile gauze, and antiseptic wipes. Express Medical Supply also carries individual items that allow you to make your own kit or to add to an existing one. Please read our blog for ideas on items to add to a first aid kit.

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