Hydrocolloids

Hydrocolloids
  • Restore Extra Thin Hydrocolloid Dressing Hollister 519921

    Restore

    Restore Extra Thin Hydrocolloid Dressing - Sterile Wound Bandage

    A thin, sterile, occlusive dressing with a flexible outer layer that helps isolate the wound against bacterial and viral (HIV-1 and HBV) contaminants and other external contamination, such as urine and feces, while the dressing remains intact without...

    $18.42
  • DuoDERM Extra Thin Hydrocolloid Dressing Convatec

    DuoDERM

    DuoDERM Extra Thin Hydrocolloid Wound Dressing, Moisture-Retentive

    ConvaTec DuoDERM Extra Thin Hydrocolloid DressingA hydrocolloid dressing indicated for the management of lightly exuding wounds It combines a hydrocolloid formulation that distinguishes it from other hydrocolloid dressings and a vapor-permeable outer...

    $118.99
  • DermaFilm Hydrocolloid Dressing DermaRite Industries

    Dermarite

    DermaFilm Hydrocolloid Dressing, Film Backing - Sterile Wound Bandage

    May be used as a primary or secondary dressing. For the management of low exudating wounds, including: non-infected wounds; partial thickness ulcers; full-thickness ulcers.Mild adhesive surface area adheres to periwound skin, but won't stick to wound bed...

    Starting at $23.44
  • Hartmann FlexiCol Hydrocolloid Dressing Hartmann 48640000

    Hartmann

    Hartmann FlexiCol Square Hydrocolloid Dressing 4 X 4 Inch 10 per Box

    Package Count: 10. FlexiCol hydrocolloid dressing forms a gel to prevent dressing sticking to wound and conforms to difficult-to-dress body contours. Indicated for the management of wounds draining light to moderate amounts of exudate.Secure initial...

    $32.20
  • McKesson Hydrocolloid Dressing McKesson Brand

    McKesson

    McKesson Hydrocolloid Dressing - Thin, Sacral Wound Bandage

    With up to a 7-day wear time, this McKesson Square Sterile Hydrocolloid Dressing is ideal for extended-wear needs. It has a moisture-resistant outer barrier film that keeps urine, feces and moisture from penetrating the dressing and introducing...

    Starting at $41.11
  • McKesson Hydrocolloid Dressing McKesson Brand

    McKesson

    McKesson Hydrocolloid Dressing- Film Back, Sterile, Beige, 2 in x 2 in

    Maintain a moist wound healing environment without over-hydrating the wound bed when you use this McKesson Square Sterile Hydrocolloid Dressing. The dressing's hydrocolloid layer reacts to form a gel-like barrier that maintains the wound's moisture...

    Starting at $17.97
  • McKesson Hydrocolloid Dressing McKesson Brand

    McKesson

    McKesson Hydrocolloid Wound Dressings - Absorbent, Flexible Bandages

    With up to a 7-day wear time, this McKesson Square Sterile Hydrocolloid Dressing is ideal for extended-wear needs. It has a moisture-resistant outer barrier film that keeps urine, feces and moisture from penetrating the dressing and introducing...

    Starting at $16.99
  • McKesson Hydrocolloid Dressing McKesson Brand

    McKesson

    McKesson Hydrocolloid Dressing, Foam Backing - Sterile Wound Bandage

    Maintain a moist wound healing environment without over-hydrating the wound bed when you use this McKesson Square Sterile Hydrocolloid Dressing. The dressing's hydrocolloid layer reacts to form a gel-like barrier that maintains the wound's moisture...

    Starting at $24.99
  • McKesson Hydrocolloid Dressing McKesson Brand

    McKesson

    McKesson Hydrocolloid Dressing, Film Backing - Sacral Wound Bandage

    Maintain a moist wound healing environment without over-hydrating the wound bed when you use this McKesson Square Sterile Hydrocolloid Dressing. The dressing's hydrocolloid layer reacts to form a gel-like barrier that maintains the wound's moisture...

    Starting at $21.98


Hydrocolloid Dressing for Wound Care

Hydrocolloid dressings are among the most commonly used wound dressings. This guide will help you decide which type of dressing is best for your specific need.

What are Hydrocolloids?

Hydrocolloids are a dressing that can help wounds heal faster and more effectively by providing moisture to keep the surrounding tissue soft. They also act as an anti-infective, preventing outside bacteria from entering through your skin.

Benefits include:

  • Fast, efficient wound healing
  • Maintains moisture to promote healing
  • Antibacterial protection
  • Helps reduce scarring

  • It's a transparent dressing that acts like a sponge that fills with liquid from your wound to lessen the chance of dehydration and dryness.

    Materials and Sizes Available

    Hydrocolloid bandages are available as films or foams.

    Films

    Films have two thin layers. The inner layer is gel-like and absorbs drainage while providing a moisture barrier that promotes wound healing. The outer layer protects against bacterial contamination, dirt, debris, and bodily fluids, and excrements. Films have the most variety, with dressings available in two-by-two inches, four-by-four inches, or six-by-six inches.

    Foams

    Hydrocolloid foams, like the films, have two layers. The inner gel-like layer absorbs drainage and an outer foam layer to protect the wound against contaminants entering. Foams come in four-by-four inches or six-by-six-inch squares. You would choose the dressing based on the size of the wound.

    Foam dressings add a layer of cushion to the wound area for added comfort and thermal protection while the wound heals. They also are a better option for patients with necrotic (dead) tissue.

    When choosing foam, consider options like McKesson square hydrocolloid dressings for more drainage or partial-to-full-thickness wounds.

    When and How Do You Use Hydrocolloids for Wound Care?

    Hydrocolloid dressings are an excellent solution for Stage II wounds, like a shallow, open ulcer or a serum-filled blister, and stage III wounds, with loss of total muscular thickness. These wounds often have a moderate amount of fluid drainage that hydrocolloid dressings can absorb. Other examples of stage II and III wounds include:

  • Shallow pressure ulcers
  • Venous insufficiency ulcers
  • Minor cavity wounds
  • Burns
  • Donor sites for skin grafts

  • Sometimes, like when the skin around the wound edges breaks down, the wound is deeper and infected with bacteria; you may need to consider adding a liquid film barrier, like Smith & Nephew's antimicrobial wound gel, before the hydrocolloid dressing.

    Here's how to use hydrocolloid dressing film or foam:

  • Wash your hands and wear gloves.
  • Remove any previous dressing.
  • Clean the wound area with saline and pat dry.
  • Apply an antimicrobial wound gel if needed.
  • Choose a hydrocolloid dressing film or foam that's about an inch larger than the wound.
  • Center the dressing over the wound and seal the adhesive in place.


  • Hydrocolloid Dressing Films vs. Foams

    Hydrocolloid dressing films and foams are great options for moderately oozing wounds. They can dislodge if there is more drainage or friction to the wound area. Choosing a waterproof bandage will allow it to be worn while showering, swimming, or sweating.

    There is no one-size-fits-all solution to wound dressing, but there are some best practices you can follow. Which dressing is proper for you depends on the wound type and location. You can use transparent dressings like hydrocolloids for many wounds, though. Always consult with your doctor when deciding which dressing is best suited for your wound care needs.