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What are the different types of wound dressings? There are dozens of wound dressings to choose from, but some of the most common types include fo ... [read more]

3M Tegaderm - Thin Hydrocolloid Dressing

  • Wear up to 7 days
  • Will not break down or leave residue behind
  • Keeps the wound moist
  • Ideal for partial thickness ulcers, donor sites, and superficial wounds
From $20.21

3M Tegaderm - Round Foam Adhesive Dressing

  • Water resistant
  • Highly absorbent, yet breathable
  • Round shape is recommended for elbow and heel wounds
  • Adheres to dry or moist skin
  • Soft spoke design makes application easy
From $39.64

3M Tegaderm - Hydrocolloid Dressing

  • Waterproof
  • Wear up to 7 days
  • Inner layer absorbs drainage quickly, usually within 48 hours
  • Outer layer is breathable and quickly releases moisture vapor
From $22.89

Comfeel Plus - Ulcer Care Hydrocolloid Wound Dressing

  • Color change feature indicates the optimal time for dressing changes
  • Adhesive technology keeps dressing securely in place, yet allows easy removal
  • "No touch" system allows easy application while wearing gloves
  • Low to medium exudate level
From $40.66

Comfeel - Round Hydrocolloid Dressing

  • Adhesive outer border keeps dressing in place, even over bony prominences
  • Allowing excess moisture to evaporate while maintaining the proper moist healing environment
  • Residue free removal help prevent irritation
  • "No touch" system allows for easy application while wearing gloves
  • Low to medium exudate level
From $31.01

Comfeel Plus - Clear Hydrocolloid Wound Dressing

  • Thin, flexible design and built in measurement grid allows for easy measurement and visualization
  • "No touch" system allows easy application while wearing gloves
  • Low profile design minimizes edge roll
  • Low exudate level
From $22.62

Convatec AQUACEL EXTRA - Hydrofiber Dressing

  • Two layer dressing stitched together for strength and durability
  • Does not contain ionic silver
  • Maintains a moist wound environment
  • For moderate to highly exuding wounds
From $61.45

DuoDerm CGF - Square Hydrocolloid Dressing

  • Non-adhesive wound dressing
  • Sterile wound dressing
  • Retains moisture for quick healing
  • Protects against external contamination
From $42.95

DuoDerm Extra Thin - Square Hydrocolloid Dressing

  • Waterproof barrier
  • Removes easily
  • Primary dressing with an adhesive border
  • Flexible and comfortable
  • Works well on hard to reach areas
From $58.95

AQUACEL Ag Advantage Enhanced Hydrofiber Dressing

  • Ionic silver kills harmful bacteria and yeasts
  • Ag Extra is 9x stronger and 50% more absorbent
  • Maintains a moist wound environment
  • For moderate to highly exuding wounds
From $23.45

DuoDerm Signal - Square Hydrocolloid Dressing with Border

  • For light to moderate exuding wounds
  • Border tapers to help prevent roll-ups
  • Low friction backing minimizes dressing catches and shears
  • Flexible and conformable wound dressing with visual change indicator
From $37.45

Telfa - Non Adherent Dressing

  • One Telfa dressing per pack
  • Available with adhesive or nonadhesive border
  • "Ouchless" Telfa wound dressing won't stick to wounds
From $11.45

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 $18.49

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 $14.37

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 $22.62

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 $27.69

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 $12.09

ProAdvantage - Sterile Non-Adherent Pads

  • Great for lightly draining wounds
  • Cushioned support without sticking to wound
  • Allows air circulation
From $8.72

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 $6.13

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 $43.82

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 $51.99

3M Tegaderm - Transparent Film Dressing

  • Transparent wound dressing
  • Breathable, waterproof, and impervious to bacteria
  • "Frame" allows quick and easy placement
From $47.54

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 $23.47

Dynarex View Guard - Transparent Semi-Permeable Dressing

  • Ideal for ostomy care and those with diabetes
  • Wound dressing that conforms to difficult body contours
  • A transparent and semi-permeable dressing
  • Provides a breathable barrier to keep moisture and fluids out, while letting air in
From $35.45

Medline Silvasorb - Hydrogel Silver Antimicrobial Wound Gel

  • Effective for up to 3 days
  • For partial and full thickness wounds
  • Non-Stinging and nonstaining wound healing gel
  • Antimicrobial Silvasorb wound gel with ionic silver
  • Not recommended for people who are senstive to silver
From $9.13

What are the different types of wound dressings?

There are dozens of wound dressings to choose from, but some of the most common types include foam dressings, hyrdocolloid bandages, silver wound dressings, transparent dressings, and alginates. The type of dressing you use will depend on things like the size of the wound, its location, amount of exudate, and more. It is important to consult with your doctor to determine which dressing is best for your wound.

How long should you keep a dressing on a wound?

Depending on your wound, your dressing may need to be changed every few hours or it could last up to a few days. You should change the dressing any time you can see visible exudate through the bandage. If your wound is too saturated with fluid, it can delay healing time. Always make sure that your wound is kept clean to speed up healing and prevent infection.

Additional Information

The dressing that is placed directly onto the wound is known as a primary dressing. It is responsible for the majority of wound healing. Primary dressings are available with or without an adhesive border. A dressing with an adhesive border is also known as an island dressing. When choosing the size of your bandage, keep in mind that the absorbent pad of the bandage should cover the entire wound plus an additional 2 inches around the wound. It is important that adhesive does not come into contact with any part of the wound, as this can damage the wound bed. If you're using a primary dressing that does not have an adhesive border, a secondary dressing can be used on top of the primary dressing to help hold it in place. Some examples of secondary dressings include gauze wrap, medical tape, and cohesive bandages.

Foam dressings are typically made from a polyurethane material that cushions the wound and is highly absorbent. This makes them appropriate for treating minor burns, infected wounds, and surgical wounds. Some benefits of foam dressings are that they do not produce lint and do not adhere to the wound bed. This prevents trauma to the wound and minimizes pain that can occur during dressing removal. We also carry waterproof foam bandages, which shield the wound from outside moisture and contaminants.

A hydrocolloid dressing contains polymers, pectin, or other compounds that form a gel when exposed to wound exudate. This locks in moisture and creates an optimal healing environment. Hydrocolloid bandages are flexible, highly absorbent, and are designed not to adhere to the wound. Many hydrocolloids have a waterproof outer layer that repel contaminants. Keep in mind that hydrocolloid dressings should not be use on infected wounds or diabetic patients unless otherwise instructed by your doctor.

Silver wound dressings are antimicrobial bandages that are impregnated with ionic silver. The antimicrobial properties make silver dressings ideal for infected wounds. They are designed to slowly release silver into the wound based on the amount of exudate that the wound is producing and the presence of bacteria. Silver bandages can be used as a primary or secondary dressing. Along with standard sheet dressings, Express Medical Supply also stocks a silver wound gel, which provides additional hydration to the wound.

Transparent dressings are made from a thin material that allows you to view the condition of your wound without removing the dressing. This prevents bacteria from entering the wound, which lowers the risk of secondary infection. A transparent film dressing is flexible and easily conforms to body contours. This type of dressing is ideal to use on wounds with little to no drainage, since the film material is not absorbent.

An alginate dressing is made of unique fibers that often come from seaweed. They contain ingredients like calcium and sodium, which create a gelling action when they come into contact with moisture. Not only does this make the dressing very absorbent, but it helps speed up healing time. These ingredients also help protect against infection. Alginates are ideal for use on highly exuding wounds like pressure ulcers, burns, diabetic wounds, and more.

Sacral dressings, also called sacrum dressings, are specially shaped to fit the tailbone area. These dressings are often used by people in wheelchairs or those who are confined to bed. Both of these scenarios put constant pressure and friction on the sacral area, which can lead to pressure sores and skin damage. A sacral dressing cushions the tailbone and surrounding area of the body. They can be used to prevent pressure sores or to help heal existing wounds. We carry hydrocolloid sacral dressings and foam sacral dressings to meet your needs.

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