Wound Care Supplies FAQs

With so many different types of wound care products and supplies on the market today, how do you choose what is right for your needs? Each wound care product is made to serve a variety of purposes, depending on the type of wound. It is essential to choose the right kind of wound care product because it will impact the healing process of the injury. Caring for a wound, no matter if it is a minor cut or a major incision, is crucial to prevent infection or further complications. Wound care products and supplies are designed to aid the healing process and help that process be as comfortable as possible.

What is the Difference Between a Wound Dressing and a Wound Bandage?

The difference between a wound dressing and a wound bandage is which one is placed on the wound first. The dressing (gauze, hydrogel, alginate, or foam pads) is applied directly to the wound site and used to promote healing and prevent further infection. A bandage such as an adhesive strip or gauze roll is used to then hold the dressing securely and comfortably in place.

Should a Wound be Open to Air to Better Heal?

Wound healing is best when the site is covered and kept moist so the cells can travel across the wound and form a protective layer. The purpose of wound dressings is to maintain the optimal healing environment and protect from bacteria entering the site. The number of cells that cause inflammation reduces when a wound is covered. 

What Should I Use to Clean My Wound?

Always stick to wound care supplies made explicitly for wound cleansing. Never use hydrogen peroxide or betadine as these solutions can harm healthy cells and slow the speed of wound healing. We offer safe and effective wound cleansers specifically designed to cleanse the wound site before applying a wound dressing and bandage.

How Often Should a Wound Dressing be Changed?

Keeping an eye on the dressing and bandage throughout the day is an integral part of the wound healing process. If you notice that there is visible drainage that has soaked through the gauze or bandage, it is time to change them. If you find that the dressing or bandage is soiled with drainage from the wound, you should change it more often. If the skin has become red around the dressing or if the dressing integrity itself has become compromised, it is time to assess the site for possible infection and change the dressing.

Can I Swim or Use a Jacuzzi With a Wound?

It would be best if you never sat in a whirlpool, jacuzzi, swim in a pool, lake, ocean, or river with a would that is still in the healing process. Engaging in these activities allows bacteria to enter the wound tissue and lead to infection. Swimming can also dry the wound out, causing the healing process to slow down. Skin can also swell when swimming for long periods, affecting the ability of wounds to heal correctly.