Everyone Must Have These Wound Care Supplies at Hand
Here’s a list of wound care supplies that belong in every medicine cabinet and a first-aid kit. These products will help you take good care of the wound and minimize the chance of infection.
Cotton balls are essential supplies to care for a wound. First of all, you can use them to clean and sanitize a wound. Second, you can use cotton balls to prep a wound site before applying bandages or dressings. And finally, they are a sterile method to apply lotions and ointments to a healing wound to avoid infection or inflammation.
Alcohol prep pads are used to disinfect the skin preparing it for an injection or any type of incision. Since the treatment of a wound may include surgical incisions and shots to relieve the pain, alcohol wipes may often come in handy. Alcohol pads clean the skin and prevent any chance of bacteria entering the body.
You can use gauze in a number of ways. As a gauze roll, it’s often used to dress a wound, when other fabrics or materials are too sticky or thick to use. The gauze is thin and allows the skin to breathe while absorbing the moisture that other layers of bandaging can’t hold in. Another type of gauze is a gauze sponge. It’s an important medical supply. The main purpose of the gauze sponge is to soak up fluids or any moisture in the wound. In addition, some gauze supplies can be covered with some time of medication to ensure faster healing.
Another important product is medical tape. Medical tape is usually self-adhesive. It’s used to firmly hold a medical dressing in place. All medical tape is hypoallergenic to prevent any reaction of the skin. Also, there are adhesive tapes that have breathable fabric, waterproof coverage, and stretchable materials.
Bandages hold a dressing of a wound in place and protect it from being in contact with bacteria. Nowadays, medical bandages come in different types: from regular cloth strips to self-adhesive bandages designed for specific body parts. Almost all cloth bandages are non-sterile. Therefore, they should support a wound dressing, not replace it. There is also a specific type of adhesive bandages - you might know them as band-aids. They’re used as a small dressing for scratches and minor wounds. Moreover, they are often covered in antiseptic medication to ensure fast healing.