Wound Care Products

Written by Serena Berger
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The appropriate products to treat wounds vary from case to case. What you should use is dependent on the presence of infection, the type and size of the wound, and the current stage of healing of the wound, to name a few factors. There are, however, some general guidelines that can be followed so that you can keep an adequate supply of wound care products on hand and provide immediate treatment when necessary--whether that will be the only care necessary, or you are just taking preliminary action before medical personnel.

Products to Treat Wounds Topically

There are two types of dressings that are used to treat wounds. Primary dressings are placed directly over the wound and provide protection, support, and absorption. They also provide a base on which you can apply the secondary dressing. Secondary dressings can provide additional support and absorption, as well as being used to apply pressure and compression.

Products for topically treating wounds include gels and cleansers. Gel coverings such as alginates are often applied to burns to provide additional protection and a layer of absorption. Cleansers are used to restore the proper pH and provide moisture so that a wound can heal.

Most first aid kits include pieces of gauze. Some kits will also include petrolatum to put on the cut to prevent anything else from adhering to newly grown tissue. This is the main disadvantage of gauze, as its wide weave may cause new tissue to tear away when the gauze is removed and leave lint on the wound. To avoid this, you should use gauze as a secondary dressing over a non-adhesive primary dressing when treating wounds.

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