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WOUND CARE LEARNING CENTER

 
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Wound Care

Whether you are treating a minor cut or applying aid to a serve laceration, it’s important to have first aid supplies at home. Bandages, gauze, tapes, wound dressings and wound closure strips all serve different purposes for wound care needs.

Bandages

There are many different types of bandages including adhesive bandages, compression bandages, triangular bandages and unna boots.

  • Adhesive bandages, commonly known as “Band-Aids,” work great for minor cuts and scrapes. These are quick to apply and come in different shapes, sizes and materials for the best fit.
  • Compression bandages are rolls of flexible gauze wrap that shape to whatever area of your body needs protection. They serve different functions from holding another bandage or gauze in place (cohesive bandages or tubular bandages), adding pressure or keeping a ligament in place (elastic bandages).
  • Triangular bandages are cloth and can be used as a bandage or as a sling.
  • Unna boots can be used for venous stasis ulcers and other venous insufficiencies of the leg. They can also be used as a supportive bandage for sprains and strains of the foot, ankle and lower leg.

Gauze

Gauze comes in pads, sponges, rolls, and bandages. Some types of gauze are:

Tapes

Medical Tape or surgical tape is used to hold gauze or dressings in place. Tape comes in many different fabrics and types such as:

  • Athletic tape is used to keep muscles or bones in a certain position to help prevent or alleviate pain.
  • Coth tape is ideal for conditions requiring immobilization and support. Cloth tape, such as Johnson and Johnson First Aid Cloth Tape, tears easily and allows perspiration to escape.
  • Paper tape is ideal for those who require a gentle adhesive because of skin issues. Paper tape, like Kendall hypoallergenic paper tape, is ideal for frequent taping and re-taping dressings where skin irritation is a concern.
  • Porous tape is ideal for conditions requiring immobilization and support. Tears easily and is breathable.
  • Retention Tape is used to hold bandages, catheters or tubes in place.
  • Silk tape is woven and ideal for affixing dressings.
  • Silicone tape is offers a secure fixation and gentle removal from skin and body hair.
  • Transparent tape offers a discrete adhesive.
  • Waterproof tape allows fixation without worrying about losing adhesive strength by getting wet.

Wound Dressings

Wound Dressings vary in their type and use. Wound dressings are most commonly used for certain medical conditions, serious lacerations or following a medical or surgical procedure. Talk to your doctor as to which wound dressing is best for your wound care needs.

Wound Closures

Wound closures, such as Steri-strips and butterfly bandages or strips, help close a laceration when stitches are not needed.

Additional First Aid Supplies

In addition to these wound care supplies, it is also important to have first aid supplies, such as a first aid kit, wound cleaner, first aid ointment, and applicators.

 

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