First Aid & Wound Care

First Aid & Wound Care
  • DermaGinate Sterile Alginate Dressings


    DermaGinate Sterile Alginate Dressings

    Ideal tissue support for strains and sprains, soft tissue injuries, general edema, post-burn scarring and ribcage injuries Covered elastic threads within the fabric move to adjust to the contours of the body and distribute pressure evenly over the...

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  • 3M DuraPrep Skin Prep Solution 3M Healthcare US Opco LLC 8630


    3M DuraPrep Isopropyl Alcohol Skin Prep Solution

    Protect against infection from skin incisions with a coating of 3M™ Duraprep™ Surgical Prepping Solution. It comes in an angled applicator with a large sponge head for quickly creating a widespread, even layer. As 3M™ Duraprep™ surgical solution dries,...

  • Sensiv Foot Massager Acutens Inc SENFC


    Sensiv Foot Massager 5-1/2 X 12 X 14 Inch

    Infrared heat refers to a type of electromagnetic radiation with longer wavelengths than those of visible light. This electromagnetic radiation is felt as heat and can be used to promote healing, reduce inflammation and alleviate pain. Sensiv pain relief...

  • McKesson Gauze Sponge McKesson Brand 40-42


    McKesson 12-Ply Gauze Sponge 200 per Pack

    Providing reduced linting activity, these Cypress nonsterile woven twelve-ply cotton gauze sponges are made from 100% cotton. The cotton construction allows the gauze sponge to be used in wound dressing, cleaning, prepping and packing applications. Gauze...

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  • Curity Adhesive Strip Cardinal 44115


    Curity Tan Plastic Adhesive Bandage 1 x 3" Sterile

    Protect your wounds with the help of Curity bandage strips. An injury will always heal faster if the wound is covered and not disturbed. These adhesive plastic strips stick strongly from all the sides to the skin blocking any entrance of bacteria and...

  • Curity Gauze Sponge Cardinal


    Curity 12-Ply Gauze Sponge 4 X 4'' Sterile

    4 x 4 inches 12 ply USP Type VII gauze made of high-grade cotton Well suited for variety of applications: wound dressing, general cleaning, minor prepping, wound packing and debriding Sterile tens in soft pouch package

  • Curity NonWoven Sponge Cardinal


    Curity 4-Ply Non-Woven Sponge 4 X 4'' Sterile

    Ideal for applying ointments, prepping, wiping needles, cleaning slides and more Rayon/polyester blend construction Cost-effective Highly absorbent Virtually lint-free

  • Curity Adhesive Strip Cardinal -44103


    Curity Neon Plastic Adhesive Bandage .75 x 3" Sterile

    Have a box of Curity adhesive neon plastic bandages on hand for superficial skin wounds. Each bandage is 3/4 x 3 inches and is pliable and stretchy for easy application. These plastic adhesive bandages are constructed with perforated vinyl material,...

  • Curity Gauze Sponge Cardinal


    Curity 8-Ply Gauze Sponge Sterile 2 per Pack

    Curity gauze sponges are well suited for variety of applications; wound dressing, general cleaning, minor prepping, wound packing and debriding.8 ply USP Type VII gauze made from high-grade cotton Well suited for variety of applications: wound dressing,...

    As low as $9.20
  • Curity NonWoven Sponge Cardinal


    Curity 4-Ply Non-Woven Sponge Sterile

    All-purpose sponge is just what you need to apply ointments, prep, wipe needles, clean slides and more.Ideal for applying ointments, prepping, wiping needles, cleaning slides and more Rayon/polyester blend construction Cost-effective Highly absorbent...

    As low as $10.11
  • Dermacea Conforming Bandage Cardinal 2292


    Dermacea Cotton / Polyester 1-Ply Conforming Bandage 96 per Case

    Package Count: 96. Dermacea low ply gauze rolls are made of prewashed, fluff-dried 100% woven gauze for soft, absorbent performance and comfort. Conforming bandage is often used for securing dressings, IVs, splints or for providing mild compression and...

First Aid and Wound Care

Whether you're dealing with a minor burn or a skinned knee, it is essential to know how to address the injury and have the appropriate first aid and wound care supplies readily available.

First Aid and Wound Care

First aid requires good hygiene; always clean hands before touching a wound and sterilize tools to clean the wound. Minor injuries will stop bleeding on their own but need to be cleansed with water to prevent infection. More extensive wounds may require firm pressure to stop the bleeding and tools such as gauze or first aid scissors for removing debris.

Wound care is the next step after cleaning and slowing the blood flow. The individual treating the wound can apply a thin layer of antibiotic ointment or burn cream to prevent infection and ensure a moist environment ideal for wound healing. Next, cover the area with a bandage, gauze pad with tape, or rolled gauze to protect the wound. The type of cover will depend on the size of the wound, with smaller bandages used for minor wounds and gauze used for more significant injuries.

Get medical care if you cannot stop blood flow or if the wound or burn is extensive.

First Aid Supplies

The person treating the injury should wear gloves to help avoid the transfer of bacteria to the skin. If multiple people need first aid, change gloves or wash hands between each patient. You can use alcohol pads to sanitize the wound and materials in contact with the wound to prevent infection. Some first aid kits contain a small bottle of antiseptic instead of alcohol pads. You can use tweezers to help remove debris and splinters- sanitize the tweezers before using them.

Splints are also a first aid stable and great for immobilizing an injury. Most first aid kits contain small splints meant for fingers but also have bandages to immobilize or stabilize injured arms and legs.

Most first aid kits have instant hot, and cold packs; cold can be great for numbing pain and reducing inflammation, which is why many first aid kits will have at least one instant cold pack. Meanwhile, some injuries, such as muscle injuries, require warmth from an instant heat pack.

If you have CPR training, you want a breathing barrier or a resuscitation mask. The breathing barrier protects during CPR and helps avoid the transfer of germs from mouth to mouth. If you feel uncomfortable using a breathing barrier, you can get a resuscitation mask instead.

Checking the temperature can be an important part of first aid. If you suspect a fever or hypothermia, a thermometer is useful for checking the temperature. You should have at least one non-Mercury thermometer at home. If you have young children, a non-glass thermometer is safer compared to a glass thermometer.

Consider adding an emergency blanket to your kit if you like camping or travel often. They are very reflective and will keep you warm while signaling for help.

Wound Care Supplies

Wound care supplies should include medications, wound dressings, bandages, gauze, and adhesive tape. It is also good to have scissors and pins handy. Medications such as antibacterial ointment protect cuts and scrapes from infection, and you should apply these before bandaging the wound. While antiseptic solutions are part of first aid, you should also have them among your wound care supplies to sanitize wounds before and in between dressing applications.

There are multiple types of wound dressings in several sizes to allow you to address a few basic types of wounds and cuts. These can include band-aids of various sizes and shapes, sterile gauze dressing or gauze pads, cellulose dressing, impregnated dressing.

You can use bandages on the wound directly or apply them to keep a dressing in place. You can also use some types of bandages to stabilize an injured limb. Manufacturers list the bandage use on the box or in their online description.

Adhesive tape is important for holding bandages and dressings in place. It would help if you used adhesive tape any time you use a non-adhesive bandage or dressing or feel you need something extra to ensure that an adhesive bandage or dressing stays in place.