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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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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 $1.06

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 $6.99

Medline - Bulb Syringe Aspirator

  • 3 Ounce bulb syringe aspirator
  • Ideal for safely removing secretions
  • Cleanses nasal passages of newborns
  • Economical
From $2.46

Mepilex Border Flex Lite Sterile Self-adherent Soft Silicone Foam Dressing

  • A thin, comfortable, all in one foam dressing that conforms to the body
  • Moisture and bacteria proof film backing
  • Reduces the risk of maceration
  • Adheres gently and securely to dry, intact surrounding skin
  • Does not adhere to moist wound bed
  • Sterile bordered foam dressing
  • Latex free
From $17.57

Molnlycke Mepilex Ag - Antimicrobial Soft silicone Foam Dressing

  • Minimizes risk of maceration and helps reduce odor
  • Releases silver for up to 7 days
  • Use under compression bandages
  • Begins to work within 30 minutes
  • Lift and adjust without loss of adherent properties
From $13.65

Mepilex Border Flex - Self-Adherent Soft Silicone Foam Dressing

  • 3" x 3", Box of 5, Case of 14 boxes
  • 4" x 4" and 6" x 6", Box of 5, Case of 10 boxes (50)
  • Adheres securely but gently
  • Can be removed without causing further trauma to the wound
  • Maintains a moist wound environment to promote healing
  • Promotes comfort during wear
  • Moisture proof and bacteria proof film backing
  • Latex free, water-proof, silicone foam
From $21.49

Molnlycke Mepitac - Soft Silicone Tape

  • Breathable
  • 3/4" x 118", 1 1/2" x 59"
  • Atraumatic to the skin on removal
  • Conforms well to body contours
  • Leaves no residue
  • Moisture proof film backing
  • Helps protect fragile or sensitive skin
  • Sterile
From $14.63

MPM Medical WoundGard - Sterile Bordered Gauze Dressing

  • A non-adherent absorbent gauze dressing
  • Sterile dressing
  • Protects wounds from infection and drainage strike through
  • Absorbs drainage while helping to maintain a moist environment for healing
  • Self-adherent wound dressing eliminates the need for scissors, tape, and gauze
From $9.58

MPM Medical Regencare HA - Topical Anesthetic Hydrogel

  • An effective topical anesthetic containing 2% lidocaine
  • Facilitates a moist wound environment to aid in healing
  • Reduces pain, itching, and inflammation
  • Works well underneath long-term and compression dressings
From $20.52

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 $11.69

Nu-Hope - Ostomy/Urological Appliance Adhesive

  • Waterproof
  • Dries to tacky surface in minutes
  • Contains latex, 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 $13.65

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 $15.00

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

  • Ideal for both heat and cold therapy
  • Conforms to the body
  • Microwavable
  • 100% leak proof
From $45.55

SouthWest Medical - Elasto-Gel Wound Dressing

  • Reduces odor
  • Cools and soothes
  • Moves with the patient
  • Elasto-Gel wound dressing will not dry out or stick to wounds
  • Hydrogel composition inhibits bacterial growth and helps speed healing
From $26.31

SouthWest Medical - Elasto-Gel Toe-Aid Dressing

  • Promotes a moist wound environment
  • Inhibits bacterial and fungus growth
  • Unique T-shape design
  • Absorbent hypoallergenic tape
  • Water-resistant
  • Made in the USA
From $11.49

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

  • 100% leak proof
  • Use in the microwave or freezer
  • Ideal for use in hard to reach areas
  • Conforms easily to the body
From $30.36

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

  • 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 $20.23

ProAdvantage - Digital Thermometer

  • Measures body temperature in 60 seconds
  • LCD readout, audible beep upon completion
  • Probe covers eliminate cross contamination risk
  • Includes: thermometer, five probe covers, battery, case, and instructions
From $4.05

ProAdvantage - Sterile Non-Adherent Pads

  • Great for lightly draining wounds
  • Cushioned support without sticking to wound
  • Allows air circulation
From $8.28

ProAdvantage - Cotton Balls

  • Non-sterile
  • 100% bleached cotton balls
  • Soft, compact, and consistent in weight and size
From $10.24

ProAdvantage - Non-sterile Gauze Sponges

  • Economical
  • Absorbent and breathable
  • Ideal for home, office, or First-Aid kit
From $2.38

TechMed - All Purpose Black Bandage Scissors

  • Cuts thick bandages
  • Easy grip handles
  • All purpose scissors
  • Great for use at home, travel, or work
From $2.00

Torbot Bonding Cement

  • Fast drying secure bond
  • Contains liquid latex, N-hexane, Zinc Oxide
  • Ostomy/Urological adhesive for urostomies, ileostomies, colostomies, or catheters
From $17.57

Smith and Nephew Remove - Universal Adhesive Remover

  • Gentle on the skin
  • Less irritations, discomfort, and trauma
  • Ideal for ostomates and urological patients
  • Removes adhesive residue quickly and easily
From $6.33

Smith and Nephew - Tincture of Benzoin Skin Prep Spray

  • A skin prep that enhances tape's adhesion
  • Protects sensitive skin from adhesives and body fluids
  • Available in 4 oz spray bottle for easy application
From $27.50

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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