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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]

Optifoam Gentle - Silicone Faced Foam Dressing

  • Primary or secondary use
  • Latex free and sterile
  • Measures 4" x 4"
  • Low friction dressing
From $69.98

Medline - Bordered Gauze Adhesive Island Dressing

  • Latex free
  • Sterile
  • Soft gauze pad with adhesive border
  • Use as a primary or secondary dressing
From $32.94

BD - 50ml Catheter Tip Syringe

  • Sterile
  • 0.25 oz increments
  • Catheter tip with protective cover
  • Easy-to-use plunger
From $1.70

Covidien Curity - Non-sterile Cover Sponges

  • 4" x 4"
  • Non woven gauze sponge
  • Latex free
  • Ideal for moderate to high exuding wounds
From $6.45

Covidien Curity - Non-woven Cover Sponges

3893
  • 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 $4.60

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 $6.95

Aspercreme Lidocaine Patch

  • Targeted pain relief
  • Works on many areas of the body
  • Contains 4% lidocaine
  • Convenient adhesive patch
From $9.08

Monoject Syringe - 10ml Oral Medication

4030
  • 10ml (2 tsp) Oral medication syringe
  • Economical syringes used to dispense medication for both humans and animals
  • Single use syringe with ribbed tip cap
From $0.38

Coloplast Triad - Hydrophilic Wound Dressing

  • Sterile
  • Zinc-oxide hydrophilic paste
  • A wound dressing alternative for hard to dress areas
  • Intended for light-to-moderate levels of wound exudates
  • Available in a 6 oz screw top tube
From $21.26

Covidien Monoject - 3 mL Oral Syringe

  • Ribbed tip cap
  • Tip will not accept a hypodermic needle
  • Transparent oral syringe
  • Latex free and DEHP free
  • Holds 3 mL of liquid
  • Gradations show 1/4 to 1/2 tsp and up to 3 mL
From $17.45

BD Medical - Oral Syringe

  • Easy to read scale markings
  • Helps with accurate medication dosing
  • Syringe comes with tip cap
From $15.68

Covidien Dermacea - USP Type VII Gauze Sponges

  • Meet USP Type VII requirements
  • Nonwoven and nonsterile
  • 4" x 4" gauze sponge
  • Made from 100% cotton
  • Use for a variety of wound applications
From $4.90

3M Tegaderm - Oval Foam Adhesive Dressing

  • Sterilsed dressing
  • Latex free
  • Wound dressing adheres to dry or moist skin
  • Soft spoke design for easy application
From $43.70

3M Medipore H - Soft Cloth Surgical Tape

1179
  • Stronger adhesion
  • Perforated rolls - no scissors needed
  • Increased gentleness for complex applications
From $8.07

Medline Sureprep - No-Sting Skin Protectant Wipes

  • Alcohol-free, sting free formula
  • Formulated for delicate skin
  • Enhances tape/appliance adhesion for ostomy, condom catheters, and wound care
  • Protects skin from friction, adhesive stripping, and body fluids
  • Fast drying, skin remains breathable
From $27.35

Trio Elite Sting-Free Adhesive Remover Wipes

  • 100% silicone formula
  • 6" x 4.5" wipes
  • Will not sting skin
  • Quick drying
From $24.85
Description

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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