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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]

Molnlycke Mepilex - Foam Heel Dressing

  • Conforms to any shaped heel
  • The pad will not stick to the wound
  • Absorbs exudate and prevents maceration
From $77.24

Hollister Restore - Extra Thin Hydrocolloid Wound Dressing

  • Translucent dressing
  • Individually wrapped
  • Flexible wound dressing
  • Use as a primary or secondary dressing
  • Works well on hard to reach areas (elbows and heels)
From $21.08

Systagenix Adaptic - Non-Adhering Dressing

  • Does not adhere to wounds
  • Ideal for most draining wounds
  • Helps prevent pooling of liquid around wound
From $33.02

Molnlycke Mepilex Lite - Foam Dressing

  • Conforms to the body
  • Maintains moist wound environment
  • Reduces the risk of maceration
  • Minimizes pain and trauma to the wound during dressing changes
From $24.95

Allevyn - Gentle Border Lite Dressing

  • Promotes faster healing
  • Cost effective wound dressing
  • Silicone Gel adhesive for easy removal
  • Gentle Border Lite dressings mold to body contours
From $29.32

Systagenix Promogran Prisma Ag - Matrix Dressing

  • Helps to "kick start" the healing process
  • Soft and conforms to the wound and skin
  • Provides protection from infection
From $15.95

Aquacel - Foam Dressing with Adhesive Border

  • Gentle silicone border is designed to adhere to surrounding skin not wound bed
  • Vertical wicking prevents lateral spread of fluid, reducing risk of maceration
  • Skin friendly adhesive supports simple application and removal
From $72.61

Molnlycke Mepore - Self-Adhesive Dressing Pad

  • Repels water
  • Air-permeable
  • Intended for low to moderate exuding wounds
  • Rectangular shape perfect for surgical wounds
From $21.08

Systagenix Promogran - Matrix Dressing

  • Works fast and is cost effective
  • Provides the optimal wound healing environment
  • Aids in a fast healing process
From $19.53

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 $22.62

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 $51.99

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 $13.37

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 $15.95

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 $12.62

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 $31.11

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 $32.41

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 $8.72

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 $10.25

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 $6.66

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 $3.21

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 $6.66

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 $8.89

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 $9.55

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 $12.84

Allevyn - Adhesive Hydrocellular Foam Dressing

  • Soft cushioned pad
  • Adhesive border for security
  • Waterproof and bacteria resistant
  • Creates a moist wound environment
From $79.82

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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