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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]
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Andover CoFlex Med - 2" Cohesive Bandage

2338
  • Easy tear technology
  • Can be used to support sprains and strains
  • Holds gauze and dressings in place
  • Promotes circulation and controls swelling
  • Made in the USA
From $1.50

Andover CoFlex Med - 3" Cohesive Bandage

2339
  • Easy tear technology
  • Holds gauze and dressings in place
  • Helps promote circulation or control swelling
  • Made in the USA
From $2.03

Andover CoFlex Med - 4" Cohesive Bandage

2340
  • An elastic bandage for sprains and strains
  • A self-adhesive bandage wrap to hold gauze and dressings in place
  • Compression bandage that is made in the USA
From $2.18

Dukal - Elastic Bandage With Double Velcro

3228
  • Compares to ACE bandages
  • Velcro strips on both ends for easy application
  • Stretchable fabric for consistent support and compression
From $1.55

Andover CoFlex NL - 2" Latex Free Cohesive Bandage

3296
  • Offers a lightweight compression
  • A self-adhesive bandage wrap to hold gauze and dressings in place
  • Compression bandage to help promote circulation or control swelling
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Andover CoFlex NL - 3" Latex Free Cohesive Bandage

3297
  • An elastic bandage for sprains and strains
  • A self-adhesive bandage wrap to hold gauze and dressings in place
  • Compression bandage to help promote circulation or control swelling
  • Water and sweat resistant
  • Easy to tear or cut
From $1.75

Andover CoFlex NL - 1" Latex Free Cohesive Bandage

3298
  • Offers a lightweight compression
  • Easy tear material, no scissors required
  • An extremely soft bandage with non-slip support
From $2.07

Dukal - Self-adhesive Cohesive Bandage Color Pack

3367
  • Self adhesive bandage
  • Durable and supportive
  • Tears by hand and needs no clips or pins
From $39.29

Andover CoFlex LF2 - Latex Free Cohesive Bandage

3497
  • Open cell foam dressing
  • Water resistant bandage that is gentle on the skin
  • Thin, lightweight foam dressing that offers extended wear time and added comfort
  • Easy tear- no need for scissors
From $1.13

Convatec Unna-Flex - 4" Elastic Unna Boot

3855
  • Conforms to contour of leg
  • Gently stretches for a more comfortable fit
  • Remains flexible while in use and can be worn up to 7 days
  • Heals poison ivy, poison oak, and sumac rashes
From $15.47

Andover CoFlex - 1" Cohesive Bandage

3922
  • Lightweight compression at an economical price
  • Elastic bandage that adheres to itself
  • Non-slip support
  • Made in the USA
From $1.72

Andover CoFlex - 2" Cohesive Bandage

3923
  • Lightweight compression that is self-adhesive and eonomical
  • Helps stop bleeding, holds IV's in place, and has many of ther uses
  • Available in a variety of colors and sizes
  • Made in the USA
From $1.12

Andover CoFlex - 3" Cohesive Bandage

3925
  • An elastic bandage for a variety of solutions
  • Bandage stays in place
  • Promotes circulation and controls swelling
  • Made in the USA
From $1.47

3M Coban - 1" Self-Adherent Wrap

4207
  • Elastic bandage material will not slip over time
  • Pack of 5, Case of 6 packs (30 rolls)
  • Self-adherent compression wrap 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 $5.12

3M Coban - 2" Self-Adherent Wrap

4208
  • Elastic bandage material will not slip over time
  • Self-adherent compression wrap 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 $1.86

3M Coban - 3" Self-Adherent Wrap

4209
  • Molds to body contour
  • Elastic bandage material will not slip over time
  • Non-woven material means it won't stick to the skin for a better fit
From $2.27

3M ACE - Elastic Bandage with Hook (Velcro) Closure

4340
  • Easy to use
  • Can be worn for extended periods of time
  • Elastic bandage with hook closure
  • Bandage is 1.7 yards and is available in 2", 3", and 4" width
  • Offers light support during recovery and transition back into normal activities
From $4.55

DeRoyal Unna Boot Zinc Impregnated Gauze

33071
  • Features non-hardening zinc oxide paste
  • Treats leg ulcers, edema, and more
  • Non-raveling gauze
  • 4" wide
From $10.18

ColdStar - All-purpose Hot/Cold Cryotherapy GelPacks (Non-Insulated)

1759
  • Made in the USA
  • Hot/cold therapy packs relieve stress, aches, and pains
  • For cold therapy, store pack in freezer for 2 hours before application
  • For heat therapy, follow instructions for microwavable pack
  • Non-toxic and non-irritating therapy packs
From $1.38

SouthWest Medical - Elasto-Gel Hot/Cold Therapy Cervical Collar

2174
  • Ideal for both heat and cold therapy
  • Conforms to the body
  • Microwavable
  • 100% leak proof
From $46.53

SouthWest Medical - Elasto-Gel Hot/Cold Therapy All Purpose Packs

2177
  • 100% leak proof
  • Use in the microwave or freezer
  • Ideal for use in hard to reach areas
  • Conforms easily to the body
From $31.01

SouthWest Medical - Elasto-Gel Hot/Cold Therapy Sinus and Eye Mask

2179
  • 100% leak proof
  • Microwavable
  • Conforms to the face around sinuses and eyes
  • As a cold pack: reduces pain and swelling around eyes, nose, and sinuses
  • As a hot pack: relieves pain and and helps drain sinuses
From $20.66

Graham-Field Ice Cap - English Style Reusable Ice Bag

3586
  • Easy to clean
  • 1 3/4" wide mouth opening for large ice cubes
  • Precisely calibrated leak proof threading system
  • Ideal for use whenever cold therapy is needed
From $5.95

ColdStar - Hot/Cold Cryotherapy Packs (Insulated)

4152
  • Made in the USA
  • Relieve stress, aches, and pains
  • For cold therapy, store pack in freezer for 2 hours before application
  • For heat therapy, follow instructions for microwavable pack
From $1.77

3M ACE - Reusable Cold Compress

4348
  • Reusable
  • Soft touch fabric conforms to body and stays flexible
  • Helps relieve pain and swelling fast
  • Relieves inflammation, joint pain, and helps to increase circulation
  • No mess from ice cubes
From $6.45
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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