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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]

3M Blenderm - Waterproof Plastic Tape (Hypoallergenic)

  • Flexible for hard to tape areas
  • Adhesive plastic tape
  • Waterproof
  • Hypoallergenic
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3M Transpore - Plastic Tape (hypoallergenic)

  • Easy, straight, bidirectional tear allows for custom sizes
  • Transparent porous tape
  • Transparent adhesive sticks to skin for secure, accurate placement
  • Works well with sensitive skin
  • Transpore Tape by 3M is hypoallergenic and latex free
  • Waterproof
  • Made in the USA
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3M Microfoam - Elastic Surgical Tape (Hypoallergenic)

  • Closed cell foam adhesive tape
  • Conforms to body contours
  • Surgical tape that protects and cushions
  • Does not contain dry natural rubber
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3M Micropore Paper Tape

  • Paper medical tape
  • Lightweight and breathable
  • Adhesive tape that works well on sensitive skin
  • Adheres to damp skin with no problem
  • Hypoallergenic
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3M Durapore - Silk-like Surgical Tape (Hypoallergenic)

  • Hypoallergenic
  • Silky soft adhesive tape
  • Easy tear Durapore silk-like medical tape
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3M Coban - 4" Self-Adherent Wrap

  • Elastic bandage material will not slip over time
  • Molds to body contour
  • Bandage wrap is made of non-stick material
  • Even compression allows protection to primary dressings
  • No pins, clips, or tape needed
From $2.91

3M Coban - Latex Free Self-Adherent Wrap

  • Bandage wrap maintains even compression over time
  • Conforms to fit body contours
  • 3M Coban can be easily repositioned (non-stick material)
  • Lightweight, breathable, and moisture resistant
  • No pins, clips, or tapes needed
  • Elastic bandage protects primary dressings
  • Leaves no residue on skin
From $2.11

3M Cavilon - No Sting Barrier Film

  • Alcohol-free
  • Waterproof
  • 72 hours of protection
  • Sterile wipe packages
  • Sterile and non-cytotoxic, will not interfere with skin or wound healing
From $20.12

3M Tegaderm - Thin Hydrocolloid Dressing

  • Wear up to 7 days
  • Will not break down or leave residue behind
  • Keeps the wound moist
  • Ideal for partial thickness ulcers, donor sites, and superficial wounds
From $20.21

3M Tegaderm - Round Foam Adhesive Dressing

  • Water resistant
  • Highly absorbent, yet breathable
  • Round shape is recommended for elbow and heel wounds
  • Adheres to dry or moist skin
  • Soft spoke design makes application easy
From $39.64

3M Tegaderm - Hydrocolloid Dressing

  • Waterproof
  • Wear up to 7 days
  • Inner layer absorbs drainage quickly, usually within 48 hours
  • Outer layer is breathable and quickly releases moisture vapor
From $22.89

ADC ADTEMP - Thermometer Probe Covers

  • Fits all digital instant read thermometers
  • Prevents cross contamination
  • Cost effective
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AMD Ritmed - Conforming Non-Sterile Cotton Stretch Gauze

  • Breathable cotton construction
  • Perfect item for any first-aid kit
  • Great for securing wound dressings
From $4.94

BSN Medical-Jobst - Tensoplast Elastic Adhesive Compression Bandage

  • Stretchable woven cotton bandage
  • Molds to hold on any body part
  • Provides comfort, compression, and gentle support
From $3.56

Brown Medical - Sealtight Shower Dressing Protection Patch

  • Medical grade adhesive
  • Keeps areas dry and secure
  • Quick release tab for easy removal
  • Clear dressing allows for inspection even when in shower
  • Ideal for postop sites, ostomy sites, abdominal drains, or PICC lines
From $14.95

Comfeel Plus - Ulcer Care Hydrocolloid Wound Dressing

  • Color change feature indicates the optimal time for dressing changes
  • Adhesive technology keeps dressing securely in place, yet allows easy removal
  • "No touch" system allows easy application while wearing gloves
  • Low to medium exudate level
From $40.66

Comfeel - Round Hydrocolloid Dressing

  • Adhesive outer border keeps dressing in place, even over bony prominences
  • Allowing excess moisture to evaporate while maintaining the proper moist healing environment
  • Residue free removal help prevent irritation
  • "No touch" system allows for easy application while wearing gloves
  • Low to medium exudate level
From $31.01

Comfeel Plus - Clear Hydrocolloid Wound Dressing

  • Thin, flexible design and built in measurement grid allows for easy measurement and visualization
  • "No touch" system allows easy application while wearing gloves
  • Low profile design minimizes edge roll
  • Low exudate level
From $22.62

Coloplast Prep - Protective Skin Barrier Film

  • Ideal protection for peristomal skin and any area subject to irritation
  • Protects the skin with a clear, yet visible shield that dries quickly
  • Allows the skin to breathe
From $7.73

ConvaTec AllKare - Adhesive Remover Wipes

  • Adhesive remover that soothes the skin
  • Convenient and disposable
  • Ostomy supplies that gently remove adhesives
From $12.95

ConvaTec AllKare - Protective Barrier Wipes

  • Skin prep pads that are cool and soothe the skin
  • Protects against irritation and adhesive build up
  • Convenient and disposable
From $10.45

Convatec AQUACEL EXTRA - Hydrofiber Dressing

  • Two layer dressing stitched together for strength and durability
  • Does not contain ionic silver
  • Maintains a moist wound environment
  • For moderate to highly exuding wounds
From $61.45

DuoDerm CGF - Square Hydrocolloid Dressing

  • Non-adhesive wound dressing
  • Sterile wound dressing
  • Retains moisture for quick healing
  • Protects against external contamination
From $42.95

DuoDerm Extra Thin - Square Hydrocolloid Dressing

  • Waterproof barrier
  • Removes easily
  • Primary dressing with an adhesive border
  • Flexible and comfortable
  • Works well on hard to reach areas
From $58.95

AQUACEL Ag Advantage Enhanced Hydrofiber Dressing

  • Ionic silver kills harmful bacteria and yeasts
  • Ag Extra is 9x stronger and 50% more absorbent
  • Maintains a moist wound environment
  • For moderate to highly exuding wounds
From $23.45

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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