What’s the best bandage for you?

For the wide variety of injuries, fortunately there is a large variety of bandage equipment that can help you tend to those wounds properly. Technically speaking, a bandage is mostly used to hold a dressing in place, and it never comes into direct contact with a wound. Bandages can also be used to support a splint, to support the body, or to restrict a part of the body. Nonetheless, the concepts of bandage and dressing have become synonymous to a large extent. What’s more, there are certain products where the two categories overlap, such as gauze, which is the most common type of bandage or dressing. We here at Discount Medical Supplies are a large supplier of these type of medical resources.

Choosing the right bandage

Choosing the right bandage also depends on if the wound is wet or dry, if the tissue is infected or slough, and other signs of how the wound is behaving. Different conditions might require for different types of wounds.

Ø  Gauze

Made with thin, woven material that is used either to keep a dressing in place, or applied directly over a wound. In the latter case it will feature an absorbent barrier or it could even be medicated with antibiotics to prevent it from to sticking to the wound bed. Bandage Equipment like gauze is recommended for draining wounds, pressure or trauma wounds, packing or debridement, surgical incisions, gaping wounds, and tunnel, tracts, or undermining wounds. It is widely available in many sizes and forms and can be used on multiple types of wounds in such a way that other topical products may be added, and is reduces wound adherence. On the other hand, it requires a secondary dressing or bandage needs frequent changes should the wound dry, its fibers may adhere to the wound, and is not advised for moist wound management.

Ø  Hydrogel bandages

Dry wound benefits from dressings that provide a moisture-healing environment for the wound, by contributing water molecules. Bandages that provide such environment are called “hydrogel bandages”, they are made of a composition of 80% and up to 90% water, these bandages are indicated for wounds that are practically dry.

Ø  Transparent Film Dressing

Transparent Film Dressing may suffice for a granulating wound that has no slough or necrotic tissue. This clear dressing comes with special adhesives to protect the wound and does not stick to the moist surface of the wound. And it seals away bacteria and other fluids. They may advantage that they reduce friction and shearing and allows visualization of the wound site.

Ø  Hydrocolloid dressing

If there is necrotic tissue present on the wound, the best choice to take would be to use a hydrocolloid or alginate dressing bandage. These types of bandage equipment includes a gel-forming agent that develops an absorbent, self-adherent, water-resistant seal. Infected wounds demand another type of dressing such as silver saturated bandages that can reduce the bioburden of the wound. For these cases a Silver Dressing is recommended. These types of bandages are economical and latex-free, but they may require a secondary dressing and moisture to trigger silver release.


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