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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]

Molnlycke TubiGrip - Tubular Dressing

  • Polyurethane foam enclosed in a double layer of beige shade
  • Support bandage for sprains, strains, soft tissue injuries, and edema.
  • Available in 3", 3.5", and 4"
  • Easy to reapply and reuse, even after washing
From $5.74

Andover CoFlex - 1" Cohesive Bandage

  • Lightweight compression at an economical price
  • Elastic bandage that adheres to itself
  • Non-slip support
  • Made in the USA
From $1.70

Andover CoFlex - 2" Cohesive Bandage

  • 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 $1.40

Andover CoFlex - 3" Cohesive Bandage

  • An elastic bandage for a variety of solutions
  • Bandage stays in place
  • Promotes circulation and controls swelling
  • Made in the USA
From $1.87

ConvaTec Sensi-Care - Sting Free Adhesive Remover Wipes

  • Alcohol free
  • Fast drying, leaves no residue behind
  • Quickly and gently removes adhesives
From $19.42

ConvaTec Sensi-Care - Sting Free Skin Barrier Wipes

  • No residue buildup or bonding to skin folds
  • Protects skin for up to 72 hours
  • Large wipe for greater coverage
  • Sting free, alcohol free skin barrier wipes
From $21.47

Medline Sureprep - Protective Skin Prep Wipes

  • Enhances tape/appliance adhesion
  • Reduces friction on tape/adhesive removal
  • When applied directly to wound bed, it acts as a barrier to bacterial contamination
From $10.20

Cica Care - Silicone Gel Sheet

  • Ideal for use on scars up to 20 years old
  • Softens, flattens, and fades red, dark, or raised scars
  • Resuable silicon gel sheet
  • Self adhesive
From $60.00

Molnlycke Mepiform - Soft Silicone Dressing (Scar Treatment Therapy)

  • Conforms to body contours
  • Waterproof with UV protection
  • Average wear time between dressing changes are 3-7 days
  • Clinically proven to reduce scarring
From $22.41

Allevyn Life - Hydrocellular Foam Dressing

  • Quadrilobe shape allows for patient to shower with ease
  • Creates a moist wound environment
  • Minimizes visual impact, making it less noticeable under clothing
  • Provides cushioning and helps spread pressure evenly across the wound
  • Lock away core allows for longer wear time and less waste
From $68.28

Covidien Curity - Non-Sterile Gauze Sponge

  • Made in the U.S.A.
  • U.S.P. type VII non-sterile gauze
  • Ideal use for dressing, prepping, packing, or cleaning wounds
  • 8, 12, or 32 Ply
From $9.13

Molnlycke Mepilex Border - Sacrum Foam Dressing

  • Latex free
  • Can be repositioned
  • Use on medium to high exuding wounds
  • Minimizes pain and skin damage during dressing changes
From $14.44

Derma Sciences Medihoney - 1 1/2 oz Wound and Burn Dressing Gel

  • Contains 80% active Leptospermum Honey
  • Helps improve healing rates by 30%
  • Maintains a moist wound environment
  • Aids in cleaning the wound of debris
From $20.66

Derma Sciences Medihoney - Calcium Alginate Wound and Burn Dressing

  • Sterile
  • Contains 95% active leptospermum honey
  • Helps lower pH in wound bed for optimal healing
  • Maintains a moist wound environment
From $15.47

ColdStar - Hot/Cold Cryotherapy Packs (Insulated)

  • 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 Tegaderm - Sterile Transparent Wound Dressing

  • Waterproof dressing allows for use in the shower/bath
  • Easy wound monitoring with this transparent dressing
  • Versatile universal wound dressing provides many uses and applications
  • Thin film on transparent dressing conforms/flexes with skin for added comfort
From $12.37

3M Tegaderm - Absorbent Clear Acrylic Dressing

  • Hypoallergenic
  • Transparent dressing allows for visual monitoring
  • Eliminates hydrocolloid-related odor
  • Protects against secondary infection
  • Thin, conformable, washable, and waterproof
  • Removes excess exudate (drainage) and toxins
From $30.49

Molnlycke Mepilex - Silicone Foam Dressing

  • Wear up to 7 days
  • Suitable for use beneath compression dressings
  • Absorbs exudate and minimizes the risk of maceration
  • Lift for wound inspection without losing adhesive properties
From $31.43

Covidien Dermacea - 4" x 4" Nonsterile Gauze Sponges

  • Economical
  • Made in the USA
  • 16 Ply
  • 100% cotton
From $3.11

Smith and Nephew - Dermal Wound Cleanser

  • PH balanced
  • Made in the U.S.A.
  • Gentle, no-rinse antiseptic
  • Ideal for washing superficial wounds
  • Removes foreign materials like dirt and debris
  • First aid antiseptic to help reduce infection in cuts, burns, and scrapes
From $14.44

3M Nexcare - Tegaderm Waterproof Transparent Dressing

  • Hypoallergenic
  • Waterproof transparent dressing
  • Seals out water, dirt, and germs
  • Allows moisture to escape and oxygen to enter for breathability
  • Wear up to 7 days
From $7.19

3M Nexcare - Tegaderm Waterproof Transparent Dressing (Assorted Pack)

  • Hypoallergenic
  • Wear up to 7 days
  • Waterproof transparent dressing
  • Seals out water, dirt, and germs
  • Allows moisture to escape and oxygen to enter for breathability
From $8.23

3M Nexcare - Tegaderm +Pad Waterproof Transparent Dressing

  • Hypoallergenic
  • Waterproof transparent dressing
  • Seals out water, dirt, and germs
  • Allows moisture to escape and oxygen to enter for breathability
  • Wear up to 4 days
From $5.64

3M Nexcare - Assorted Waterproof Bandages

  • Protects agains water, dirt, and germs
  • Clear, breathable material
  • Ultra-thin and comfortable
  • Unique diamond shape provides a 360° seal
From $2.52

3M Nexcare - No Sting Liquid Bandage Spray

  • Promotes healing
  • No sting liquid bandage
  • Stays on in water and keeps moisture out
  • Keeps dirt, water, and germs away from open wounds
From $5.12

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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