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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]

Opsite - Incise Drape Transparent Film Dressing

  • Flexible material
  • Waterproof dressing
  • Allows you to observe healing
  • Blocks out bacteria to reduce risk of infection
From $18.49

Opsite - Flexigrid Transparent Adhesive Film Dressing

  • Convenient measurement grid
  • Reactic film technology
  • Waterproof dressing
  • Multiple uses
From $17.99

3M Nexcare - Advanced Healing Waterproof Bandages

  • Provides a strong waterproof seal around wound
  • Transparent material
  • Unique diamond shape
  • Promotes quick healing
From $5.63

3M Steri-Strip - Wound Closure System

  • Two part healing system
  • Hypoallergenic
  • Use with staples and sutures
  • Helps heal lacerations and surgical lesions
From $1.93

3M Nexcare - Skin Crack Care

  • No sting
  • Waterproof
  • Dries fast
  • Invisible/clear long lasting formula
  • Contains Vitamin E and Tea Tree Oil
  • Heals and seals dry skin and painful skin cracks
From $9.22

DeRoyal Covaderm Plus - Wound Dressing

  • Multilayer adhesive dressing barrier
  • Absorbent layer wicks away drainage
  • Non-adherent layer protects fragile forming tissue
  • Polyurethane layer allows water to escape while protecting site from contaminants
From $15.10

Opsite - Post-Op Composite Dressing

  • Waterproof top layer
  • Conforms to the body
  • Blocks bacteria from entering the wound
  • Provides a moist wound environment
From $19.02

Covidien Xeroform - Sterile Petrolatum Gauze Dressing

  • Bacteriostatic protection helps to control wound odor
  • Occlusive dressing that protects wounds and has an air and water tight seal.
  • Ideal for abrasions, wounds with light to medium exudate, first and second degree burns, surigical incisions, and lacerations
  • Non-adherent
From $34.64

Allevyn Life - Sacrum Dressing

  • Multi-layer design for optimal healing
  • Dressing change indicator
  • Foam pad with adhesive border
  • Unique contoured shape
From $134.96

Medline - Maxorb II Alginate Wound Dressing

  • Primary dressing
  • Ideal for moderate to heavily exudating wounds
  • Prevents skin maceration
  • Wear up to 7 days
  • 4"x4"-Box of 10, 6"x6"- Box of 5
From $50.39

DuoDerm Signal - Oval Hydrocolloid Dressing with Border

  • Dressing is flexible and can be molded into place
  • Creates a moist environment to help heal wounds faster
  • Tapered adhesive border that prevents the dressing from rolling or bunching
  • Transparent dressing with change indicator
From $49.41

DuoDerm Signal - Hydrocolloid Sacral Dressing with Border

  • Protects the sacral region and heals pressure wounds
  • Border tapers to prevent roll up
  • Flexible dressing with a visual change indicator
From $121.56

DuoDerm Signal - Hydrocolloid Heel Dressing with Border

  • Waterproof
  • For light to moderately exuding wounds
  • Adhesive tapered border that prevents the dressing from rolling up
  • Visual change indicator
From $118.99

DuoDerm Extra Thin - Oval Hydrocolloid Dressing

  • Waterproof
  • Removes easily without damaging the wound
  • Outer film helps keep wound moist
From $34.99

DuoDerm CGF - Square Hydrocolloid Dressing with Border

  • Adhesive wound dressing
  • Dressing create a gel like consistency when exudate is absorbed
  • Helps wounds heal quickly
  • Waterproof
From $33.44

DuoDerm CGF - Triangular Hydrocolloid Dressing with Border

  • Removes easily and does not damage skin
  • Available sizes are 4" x 5" and 6" x 7"
  • Primary dressing with an adhesive border
  • Protects from bacteria and external contamination
  • Triangle shaped bandage for hard to dress areas
From $69.00

DuoDerm Signal - Triangle Hydrocolloid Dressing with Border

  • Waterproof
  • Change indicator line
  • Adhesive border tapers to prevent roll up
  • Primary dressing that can secure Aquacel dressings
From $52.51

Telfa - Adhesive Dressing

  • Individually wrapped
  • Two adhesive edges
  • Absorbent cotton gauze material
  • Non-adherent film
From $27.28

Nexcare - Knee and Elbow Bandages

  • Waterproof bandage
  • Large, diamond-shaped pad
  • Transparent design
  • Will not leave adhesive residue when bandage is removed
From $3.36

Aquacel - Non Adhesive Foam Wound Dressing

  • Waterproof wound dressing
  • Film backing allows excess moisture to evaporate, preventing maceration
  • Absorbs exudate and creates a gel
  • Antibacterial barrier
From $87.03

Aquacel Rope - Hydrofiber Dressing

  • Maintains a moist wound environment
  • Use on moderately to highly exuding wounds
  • Can be cut to fit and conforms to woundbed
From $15.40

3M Tegaderm - Hydrocolloid Thin Dressing with Border

  • Flexible dressing conforms to the wound
  • Hydrocolloid adhesive for easy application
  • Film dressing provides a protective barrier
  • Can be worn up to 7 days
  • Ideal for abrasions, ulcers, and burns
From $40.49

Optifoam Gentle - Silicone Faced Foam Dressing

  • Primary or secondary use
  • Latex free and sterile
  • Can be cut to size
  • Low friction dressing
From $76.55

Medline - Bordered Gauze Adhesive Island Dressing

  • Latex free
  • Sterile
  • Soft gauze pad with adhesive border
  • Use as a primary or secondary dressing
From $20.87

Polyderm GTL Silicone Foam Non-Bordered Wound Dressing

  • No border, sterile dressing
  • Ideal for patients with sensitive or fragile skin
  • 10 per box, Case of 3 boxes (30)
  • Available in 2" x 2" and 4" x 5"
From $35.30

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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