General Wound Care
Medicaleshop offers a full line of high quality products put together to provide a complete wound care solution. Our selection makes wound care management easy, effective and assists in smooth and quick recovery. There are tapes, bandages, wound cleansers and debriders, dressing retention tapes as well as specialty wound care dressings.
Different stages of wound healing require specific wound care and to achieve this, the right product selection is important. Picking a product will depend on what type of a wound it is, its location, size and the stage of healing. If the wound is minor and not deep then the dressing requirement will be different from when the wound is deep and in a hard-to-reach place. Buying the right wound care product is key to smooth recovery and also the first step towards healing. Any wound type will need an appropriate dressing for quick healing and to get back to normal life.
At medicaleshop you will find wound care solutions for all wound types – minor, acute, critical and chronic. So whether an abrasion, a laceration, a rupture injury, puncture or a penetrating wound, we carry products for all. There is a whole host of wound care supplies to choose from. These include:
At medicaleshop, you will find a variety of top quality tapes with medical applications. These medical tapes are developed to hold a non-adhesive wound dressing securely in place without negatively impacting the skin. They are skin friendly, hypoallergenic and breathable in nature. These features ensure the process of wound healing is smooth, natural and with minimum complications.
How to choose medical tapes
Choosing a quality medical adhesive tape is crucial when dealing with sensitive skin. All tapes have specific features and it is important to keep these in mind when selecting one. Patients who are sensitive to latex, silicone or certain adhesives should avoid medical tapes which contain these items. Waterproof medical tapes ensure less frequent changing and hence, are cost effective. Stretchable and conformable medical tapes allow for ease of use while porous weave of tapes keep them breathable and easy on the skin.
Specialty wound dressings
Wound care dressings are special dressings designed to provide the right healing environment for the wound. Dressings do not directly heal the wound but create the required conditions that aid in recovery thereby eliminating the factors that impede healing. They are applied to the wound bed and serve to stem the bleeding, absorb exudate and ease pain. Most wound care specialty dressings have an autolytic debridement action which means the removal of necrotic tissues from the wound bed that can delay the process of healing. Debridement leads to healthy, granulating tissues to form on the wound surface.
At medicaleshop you will find an assortment of wound dressings designed to provide all kinds of wound care solutions. There are alginate wound dressings, collagen wound dressings, silicone gel sheets, silver wound dressings, hydrogel dressings, antimicrobial wound dressings, hydrocolloid dressings and much more. All of them come from well-known manufacturers in the wound care industry such as 3M, ConvaTec, Genairex, Covidien and Derma Sciences.
How to choose specialty wound dressings
Selection of specialty wound dressing has to be appropriate for the dressing to be most effective. A minor cut or scrape may heal with basic first aid but a wound which is deep, exuding, bleeding and painful needs to be managed carefully with the right dressing type.
An appropriate wound care dressing should manage exudate, reduce pain, get rid of foul-smelling necrotic tissues and create the right environment for healing.
Choosing a specialty dressing will again depend on various factors such as:
- Wound type whether an abrasion, puncture, laceration, diabetic, infected, pressure ulcers, bedsores, burns or skin tears
- Exudate level if heavy or less
- Healing stage
- Wound location
- Wound size
Once these factors have been determined, selection of wound dressing becomes easy. If it is a heavily-exuding wound then you require a wound dressing that has strong absorbency quality. Since a wound also needs some amount of moisture for healing - neither more nor less - the dressing you choose should ensure it keeps the wound bed adequately moist. Dry wound bed will delay recovery. Infection can lead to complications therefore managing such a wound with the right dressing becomes crucial.
Foam dressings are highly absorbent and moist while hydrocolloid dressings retain moisture thus keeping the wound bed moist. Calcium alginate dressings are also suitable for heavy drainage. On coming into contact with wound exudate, these dressings form a gel. The excess exudate is absorbed but the environment stays moist for healing. This dressing type is good for burns, pressure ulcers, venous wounds and diabetic wounds. A dry wound or one with light exudate will do well with hydrogel dressings which provide moisture to the wound bed and promote wound debridement.
Gauze bandages are made of thin, translucent fabric with a loose open weave. Technically, gauze has a weave-like structure in which the weft yarns are arranged in pairs and crossed before and after each warp yarn keeping the weft firmly in place. At medicaleshop you will find different types of gauze dressings such as gauze sponge, conforming bandages, non-woven sponge and abdominal pads.
How to choose gauze wound dressings
Gauze bandages are suitable as primary wound dressing or secondary wound dressing. They are versatile in nature and suit various wound types because of their different sizes and shapes.
Gauze sponges are suitable for padding because of their layered structure.
Abdominal pads are highly absorbent in nature and wick off liquid from the wound bed distributing it into the surrounding layers. They prevent strike-through and are most suitable for large, highly-exuding wounds.
Woven gauze dressings are multiple layers of ply sheets and quite commonly used. They work best as secondary dressing.
Non-woven gauze dressings are non-fibrous in nature and can be both wet and dry. Wet non-woven gauze dressings are usually impregnated with petrolatum or an antiseptic substance.
Conforming bandages are ideal for hard-to-reach areas because they are stretchable, lightweight and flexible. Being breathable in nature, these wound care bandages can be used for various applications and can hold wound dressings securely in place.
Wound care accessories
At Medicaleshop you will find a whole host of other wound care products including bandages, wound cleansers and more. Wound care accessories like cast, skin staplers, staple removers, applicators, adhesive rolls, etc., are also available. They are high-quality wound care supplies from established manufacturers including 3M Healthcare, Argentum Medical, Coloplast, Cardinal Health, Hartmann, Kendall, Dynarex, Hollister and Smith & Nephew.
Today, there are over 3,000 wound care products available in the market. Choosing the right one can be confusing so it is always advisable to get a medical practitioner or nurse to choose for you for optimal healing.