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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]

Opsite - Post-Op Composite Dressing

  • Waterproof top layer
  • Conforms to the body
  • Blocks bacteria from entering the wound
  • Provides a moist wound environment
From $18.06

Opsite - Flexifix Tape

  • Waterproof medical tape
  • Wear time: 7 days
  • Highly conformable, durable, and extensible
  • Plastic acrylic adhesive flexifix tape
  • Hold wound dressings, catheters, tubes, and ostomy appliances securely in place
From $15.47

Hollister Restore - Wound Cleanser

  • No water needed
  • Leaves a fresh, clean feeling without any residue
  • Skin cleanser removes discharge and irritants away from wound bed
From $13.21

Birchwood A.E.R - Pre-Moistened Witch Hazel Hygienic Pads

  • Soft non-woven pads
  • Delivers relief from itching, burning, and irritated skin
  • Comforts, cools, and soothes
From $4.09

BSN Medical - Cover Roll Stretch Non-Woven Adhesive Bandage

  • Cut to fit wound dressing retention tape
  • Contours to the body well, even hard to reach areas like elbows and knees
  • Medical tape that protects against contamination, holds firm and is economical
From $9.26

BSN Medical - Hypafix Dressing Retention Tape

  • Permeable to moisture and air, reduces maceration
  • Soft, non-woven medical tape ideal for wound dressings
  • Conformable and easy to use around joints and awkward body areas
  • A versatile medical tape to hold dressings, catheters, and trach tubes securely in place
From $10.30

DeRoyal Multidex - Maltodextrin Wound Dressing (Powder)

  • Helps control odor while absorbing exudate
  • Softens necrotic tissue to facilitate debridement
  • Fills wound irregularities to fill tunneling and undermining
  • Use with most wound types, including hard to heal wounds
  • Forms a protective coating to maintain ideal moisture balance during wound healing
From $14.44

Covidien Xeroform - Sterile Petrolatum Gauze Dressing

  • Bacteriostatic protection helps to control wound odor
  • Occlusive dressing that protects wounds and has an air and water tight seal.
  • Ideal for abrasions, wounds with light to medium exudate, first and second degree burns, surigical incisions, and lacerations
  • Non-adherent
From $33.61

BSN Medical - Coverlet Bandages

  • Circular shape
  • Ideal for small cuts and wounds
  • Can hold ten times their weight in water
From $7.19

Allevyn Life - Sacrum Dressing

  • Multi-layer design for optimal healing
  • Dressing change indicator
  • Foam pad with adhesive border
  • Unique contoured shape
From $127.81

Medline - Maxorb II Alginate Wound Dressing

  • Primary dressing
  • Ideal for moderate to heavily exudating wounds
  • Prevents skin maceration
  • Wear up to 7 days
From $50.67

DuoDerm Signal - Oval Hydrocolloid Dressing with Border

  • Dressing is flexible and can be molded into place
  • Creates a moist environment to help heal wounds faster
  • Tapered adhesive border that prevents the dressing from rolling or bunching
  • Transparent dressing with change indicator
From $47.05

DuoDerm Signal - Hydrocolloid Sacral Dressing with Border

  • Protects the sacral region and heals pressure wounds
  • Border tapers to prevent roll up
  • Flexible dressing with a visual change indicator
From $115.38

DuoDerm Signal - Hydrocolloid Heel Dressing with Border

  • Waterproof
  • For light to moderately exuding wounds
  • Adhesive tapered border that prevents the dressing from rolling up
  • Visual change indicator
From $113.31

DuoDerm Extra Thin - Oval Hydrocolloid Dressing

  • Waterproof
  • Removes easily without damaging the wound
  • Outer film helps keep wound moist
From $33.60

DuoDerm CGF - Square Hydrocolloid Dressing with Border

  • Adhesive wound dressing
  • Dressing create a gel like consistency when exudate is absorbed
  • Helps wounds heal quickly
  • Waterproof
From $32.04

DuoDerm CGF - Triangular Hydrocolloid Dressing with Border

  • Removes easily and does not damage skin
  • Available sizes are 4" x 5" and 6" x 7"
  • Primary dressing with an adhesive border
  • Protects from bacteria and external contamination
  • Triangle shaped bandage for hard to dress areas
From $65.69

DuoDerm Signal - Triangle Hydrocolloid Dressing with Border

  • Waterproof
  • Change indicator line
  • Adhesive border tapers to prevent roll up
  • Primary dressing that can secure Aquacel dressings
From $48.60

Telfa - Adhesive Dressing

  • Individually wrapped
  • Two adhesive edges
  • Absorbent cotton gauze material
  • Non-adherent film
From $28.00

Nexcare - Knee and Elbow Bandages

  • Waterproof bandage
  • Large, diamond-shaped pad
  • Transparent design
  • Will not leave adhesive residue when bandage is removed
From $2.66

Aquacel - Non Adhesive Foam Wound Dressing

  • Waterproof wound dressing
  • Film backing allows excess moisture to evaporate, preventing maceration
  • Absorbs exudate and creates a gel
  • Antibacterial barrier
From $80.70

Aquacel Rope - Hydrofiber Dressing

  • Maintains a moist wound environment
  • Use on moderately to highly exuding wounds
  • Can be cut to fit and conforms to woundbed
From $14.44

Curad - Saline Wound Wash

  • Sterile saline wound wash
  • Cleans minor wounds
  • Controlled sprayer
  • 0.9% USP sodium chloride
From $8.23

Nurse Assist - Saline Wound Flush

  • Sterile saline wound cleanser
  • Use on the body and medical equipment
  • Controlled sprayer
  • 0.9% USP sodium chloride
From $8.75

3M Tegaderm - Hydrocolloid Thin Dressing with Border

  • Flexible dressing conforms to the wound
  • Hydrocolloid adhesive for easy application
  • Film dressing provides a protective barrier
  • Can be worn up to 7 days
  • Ideal for abrasions, ulcers, and burns
From $39.29

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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