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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]

3M Coban - 1" Self-Adherent Wrap

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • Easy to use
  • Can be worn for extended periods of time
  • Elastic bandage with hook closure
  • Offers light support during recovery and transition back into normal activities
From $3.68

3M ACE - Reusable Cold Compress

  • 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 $5.64

Telfa - Adhesive Island Dressing

  • DEHP free
  • Made in USA
  • Seals on all four sides
  • Non-adherent Telfa dressing
  • All-in-one wound dressing
  • Conforms easily around wounds for better fit
From $8.62

BD - 10ml Luer Lok Syringe

  • Luer-Lok Tip
  • Capacity: 10ml
  • Made in the USA
  • 1/5ml graduation
  • Positive plunger rod stop
From $0.52

Monoject Syringe - 12mL Regular Tip Non-sterile

  • 12ml Capacity
  • Bulk packaged
  • Regular tip syringe
  • Standard graduations
  • Maybe autoclaved or gas sterilized
From $35.65

3M ACE - Reusable Hot/Cold Compress with Sleeve

  • Helps relieve pain and swelling fast
  • Multipurpose hot/cold therapy compress
  • Works on everything from bug bites to arthritis and more
From $7.19

Hy-Tape - Zinc Oxide Waterproof Pink Tape 4" x 4" Adhesive Patches

  • 4" x 4" patches
  • Made in the USA
  • Zinc oxide based adhesive formula
  • Thin and conforming waterproof medical tape
From $23.76

Hy-Tape - Zinc Oxide Waterproof Pink Tape Pre-Cut Strips

  • Washable
  • Waterproof
  • Made in the USA
  • Thin and conforming
  • Gentle on delicate skin
  • Zinc oxide based adhesive formula
  • Extended wear medical tape
From $52.23

Dynarex - Instant Cold Pack

  • Reduces swelling
  • No refrigeration needed
  • No leaking, less messy
  • Provides instant relief to affected area
  • Instant cold therapy when you need it most
  • Flexible pack that conforms easily to body contour
From $1.12

3M Nexcare - Micropore Paper Tape (hypoallergenic)

  • Hypoallergenic
  • Paper medical tape
  • Lightweight and breathable
  • Adhesive tape that works well on sensitive skin
  • Adheres to damp skin with no problem
From $4.92

3M ACE - Sports Underwrap

  • Easy to apply
  • Breathable material
  • Save unused portion for future use
  • Ideal to use with ACE Brand Sports Tape
  • Protects against skin irritation caused by adhesive tape
From $3.26

DeRoyal Polyderm GTL - Silicone Foam Sacral Dressing with Border

  • Sterile
  • Latex free
  • Tapered edges
  • Absorbent foam pad
  • Silicone gel adhesive is ideal for sensitive skin
From $9.26

Urocare Uro-Bond V - Adhesive Thinner

  • Made in the USA
  • Cleans up with soap and water
  • Used to thin Uro-Bond V silicone appliance and ostomy adhesive- not an adhesive remover
From $23.18

Allevyn - Gentle Border Sacrum Dressing

  • Wide adhesive border
  • Ideal for delicate skin
  • Reduces risk of infection
  • Unique shape and 3 slits for proper fit
From $12.89

Allevyn - Adhesive Hydrocellular Foam Dressing

  • Soft cushioned pad
  • Adhesive border for security
  • Waterproof and bacteria resistant
  • Creates a moist wound environment
From $108.14

Medline - Woven Non-Sterile Gauze Sponges

  • 12 Ply
  • Single use cotton squares
  • Sanitary way to clean wounds
  • Essential for first aid kits
From $8.38

Opsite - Incise Drape Transparent Film Dressing

  • Flexible material
  • Waterproof dressing
  • Allows you to observe healing
  • Blocks out bacteria to reduce risk of infection
From $18.06

Opsite - Flexigrid Transparent Adhesive Film Dressing

  • Convenient measurement grid
  • Reactic film technology
  • Waterproof dressing
  • Multiple uses
From $17.03

3M Nexcare - Strong Hold Medical Tape

  • Hypoallergenic
  • Water resistant
  • Gentle on delicate skin
From $5.84

3M Nexcare - Advanced Healing Waterproof Bandages

  • Provides a strong waterproof seal around wound
  • Transparent material
  • Unique diamond shape
  • Promotes quick healing
From $4.61

3M Nexcare - Waterproof Cushioned Foam Bandages

  • Made in the U.S.A.
  • Unique shape is designed for better seal around pad
  • Adheres to wet skin
  • Wide variety of sizes
From $2.66

3M Nexcare Brights - Soft Fabric Bandages

  • Made in the U.S.A.
  • Natural feeling bandages
  • Unique shape is designed for better seal around pad
  • Fabric backing for a flexible, comfortable fit
  • Stretchy, thin material that bends and moves with the body
From $3.26

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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