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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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Smith and Nephew - No Sting Skin Prep

  • Alcohol free formula reduces stinging
  • Skin barrier applies easily, even in hard to reach areas
  • Moves naturally with the skin and won't crack or peel
  • Ideal for use with drainage tubes, external catheters, ostomy sites, and adhesive dressings
From $8.32

Smith and Nephew - Skin Prep Protective Wipes/Spray

  • Acts as a breathable skin barrier
  • Enhances tape/appliance adhesion
  • Shields sensitive skin around stomas
  • Reduces friction on tape/adhesive removal
From $6.36

Allevyn - Hydrocellular Foam Dressing

  • Waterproof
  • Creates a moist wound environment
  • Foam dressing can be cut to fit dress wounds in awkward areas
  • Highly absorbent wound dressing that will not break down in exudates
From $5.82

Uni Solve Adhesive Remover

  • Reduces skin trauma while removing ostomy, urological, or dressing adhesives
  • Contains aloe to soothe and moisturize sensitive skin
  • Removes acyrlic-based, rubber-based, and hydrocolloid-based residue
From $8.28

Urocare Uro-Bond III - Silicone Adhesive

  • Non-irritating, gentle on skin
  • Water resistant
  • Appliance adhesive easily brushes on
  • Securely attaches to a variety of surfaces
From $27.37

Urocare Uro-Bond V - Silicone Adhesive (Non-flammable)

  • Non-flammable
  • Made in the USA
  • Silicone based formula
  • Brush on transparent adhesive
  • Water and perspiration resistant
From $52.34

Urocare Uro-Bond - Adhesive Thinner

  • Used to thin silicone appliance and ostomy adhesive
  • Thinning agent only, not an adhesive remover
  • A urological supply that cleans up with soap and water
From $14.16

Urocare - Adhesive Remover Wipes

  • Adhesive remover with a fresh, citrus scent
  • Gently removes appliance adhesive and ostomy adhesive
  • Ideal for removal of medical adhesives, tapes, urinary appliance, or tar removal
From $16.11

Andover CoFlex Med - 1" Cohesive Bandage

  • Made in the USA
  • Adheres to itself
  • Easy to tear or cut, no need for scissors
  • An extremely soft bandage with non-slip support
From $1.79

Andover CoFlex Med - 2" Cohesive Bandage

  • 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 $1.44

Andover CoFlex Med - 3" Cohesive Bandage

  • Easy tear technology
  • Holds gauze and dressings in place
  • Helps promote circulation or control swelling
  • Made in the USA
From $1.95

Andover CoFlex Med - 4" Cohesive Bandage

  • 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 $2.11

ADC - 4 1/2" Bandage (Iris) Scissors

  • Quality medical scissors
  • Corrosion resistant
  • Curved and straight blades
  • Blunt tip for safe bandage removal
From $3.90

Dynarex - General Use 4" x 4" Non-sterile Gauze Sponges

  • Uncut to reduce lint
  • USP Type VII Gauze
  • 8 Ply or 12 Ply
From $5.18

Dynarex - General Use Sterile Gauze Sponges

  • Low lint potential
  • USP Type VII Gauze
  • Ply Size: 8 ply or 12 ply
From $2.38

Covidien Curity - Sterile Gauze Sponges

  • Ply size: 8, 12
  • Sponge size: 2" x 2", 3" x 3", 4' x 4"
  • U.S.P. type VII sterile gauze sponges
From $3.05

Medline Exuderm - 4" x 4" Odorshield Hydrocolloid Wound Dressing

  • Reduces odors
  • Wear up to 7 days
  • Low residue formula
  • Protects against bacterial contamination
  • Absorbs light to moderate wound exudate
From $41.63

Medline Skintegrity - Wound Cleanser

  • Gently cleans and removes proteins and debris
  • Maintains an optimal wound healing environment
  • Sprayer can be adjusted to deliver a spray or stream
From $10.13

Molnlycke Tubifast - Tubular Dressing Bandage With Two Way Stretch

  • This product is sold by the each
  • Latex free
  • Gently holds dressings securely in place
  • Material: rayon fabric with two-way stretch
  • Allows movement and circulation of air to prevent maceration
From $12.67

Molnlycke Mefix - Self Adhesive Fabric Tape

  • Adhesive is gentle on skin
  • Breathable tape allows air to reach the wound
  • Provides secure fixation to flexing areas
  • Stretchable fabric provides barrier to blood and fluids
  • Premeasured paper backing for measuring and cutting convenience
From $6.33

MPM Medical - Antiseptic Wound/Skin Cleanser

  • Eliminates odors
  • Non-irritating antiseptic wash
  • Can be used up to three times daily
  • Helps reduce bacterial contamination in wounds, scrapes, and burns
From $11.31

ProAdvantage - 8" Jumbo Rayon Tipped Applicator with Plastic Shaft

  • Non-sterile
  • Easy to clean wounds or apply liquids/gels
  • Extra large, medical-grade rayon swab applicator
From $8.05

Allevyn - Gentle Border Wound Dressing

  • Promotes faster healing
  • Cost effective wound dressing
  • Longer wear time to minimize pain and trauma
  • Gentle adhesive for easy removal
From $49.39

3M Tegaderm - Transparent Film Dressing

  • Transparent wound dressing
  • Breathable, waterproof, and impervious to bacteria
  • "Frame" allows quick and easy placement
From $45.16

3M Medipore + Pad - Wound Dressings

  • Convenient, all-in-one wound dressing
  • Wound dressing flexes with movement
  • Gentle on the skin
  • Porous and breathable
  • Promotes wound healing
  • Self-adhesive
From $22.30

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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