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Different types of wounds require different treatment methods and wound care products to safely heal. From simple bandages to specialty wound dressings, we stock a variety of bandages, dressings, wound cleansers, tapes and therapeutic skin care products to care for your wound and promote healing. Our Registered Nurse specializes in hard-to-treat wounds and is available to help you select the best product for your individual needs.
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Calcium alginate dressings are highly absorptive fiber dressings made from brown seaweed. When mixed with wound drainage, they form a natural gel that helps speed up the healing process by maintaining a moist environment and absorbing excess fluid. They’re available in both sheets and ropes. They can be ordered with silver, which helps reduce the amount of bacteria in the wound. These dressings are meant for wounds producing moderate to high drainage and require a secondary dressing to keep it in place.
Collagen dressings are derived from animal sources. Collagen dressings help promote the growth of new collagen at the wound site, which can speed up the healing process. Collagen dressings come as gels, powders, pastes, or freeze-dried sheets placed directly on the wound.
Composite dressings combine two or more layers of material into a single dressing. They can function as either a primary or secondary dressing on a number of different types of wounds. Oftentimes, composite dressings are paired with topical medications for the most effective healing. Most composite dressings come with an adhesive border and are available in multiple sizes.
Foam dressings are designed to create a moist environment to promote healing. They’re made from water resistant polymers, which absorb wound drainage, allow water vapor to enter and keep out bacteria and other contaminants. Foam dressings are typically non-adherent and allow water vapor to enter while keeping bacteria out.
Honey dressings are made with medical grade honey, which naturally have anti-oxidant, anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. Honey dressings come in fibers, gels and gauze. They provide a moist environment, rapid wound healing and help with wound debridement while simultaneously reducing bacteria.
Hydrocolloid dressings are often the preferred choice when dealing with overly dry wound sites. Hydrocolloids create a moist environment that supports the body’s healing process and aids in the removal of nonviable tissue without damaging new tissue. These dressings can be left in place for several days, which allows for minimal disruption to improve healing. The dressings are also impermeable to bacteria, significantly minimizing the risk of infection.
Hydrofiber dressings are absorbent wound covers that manage drainage. They work by turning the fluid from the wound into a gel to help maintain a moist environment for optimal wound healing and the formation of granulation tissue. The gel helps minimize "dead space" where bacteria can grow to lower the risk of infection. Hydrofiber dressings come in many shapes and sizes, including ropes for tunnel wounds, and are available with or without silver.
Hydrogel dressings are composed of roughly 90% water and mixed with polymers. They come in a sheet or gel form. The composition helps keep the wound bed moisturized and is therefore not recommended for heavily draining wounds. Instead, hydrogel works best on dry wounds along with low-level burns, radiation skin damage, severe scrapes, and partial or full-thickness lesions. Hydrogel dressings are non-adherent, trauma free dressings that help relieve pain.
Impregnated wound dressings are types of gauzes and non-woven sponges, ropes, and strips. They’re saturated with a solution such as an emulsion, oil, or an agent or compound that promotes healing. Some examples are silver, honey, iodine and methyl blue impregnated dressings.
Super absorbent dressings are multi-layer wound covers that combine a semi or non-adherent layer of fibers and a highly absorptive layer of fibers. They’re specifically designed to minimize adherence to the wound while managing large amounts of drainage. They may be used as a primary or secondary dressing..
Transparent films are a thin, transparent dressing made from polyurethane. They are not absorbent and therefore are best for wounds with little to no drainage. Transparent film dressings are impermeable to water and bacteria, but are permeable to moisture vapor.
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