Dressings and Bandages for Wound Care

Prevent infections, and aid wound recovery and healing with our range of sterile dressings and bandages. Whether a serious wound from trauma or surgery, wounds require careful management and input from doctors and nurses (and often patients themselves) to control bleeding, stop infection and promote faster healing.

The importance lies in creating the best conditions for wound healing by selecting and applying the appropriate wound dressings. This includes new dressings for the different stages of the healing process. Minimise recovery time and reduce the risk of infected wounds, by protecting and dressing a wide range of common wound types like surgical wounds, chronic wounds, dry wounds, severe wounds, minor wounds and more.

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Surgical & Wound Dressing Types

We stock a large range of wound dressings and bandages to ensure well-managed and faster healing. It's important to ensure you have the right dressing for the wound depending on where the wound sits in its healing process. Ensuring the material and function of the bandage is the appropriate material and holds the correct function:

  • Material – including gauze, transparent film, alginates, composites, hydrocolloids, hydrogel dressings and foam dressings
  • Function – including moisture management (absorbency) and controlling excess fluid, infection control (antimicrobial), bleeding control (haemostatic), skin-closure, debridement and odour control.

Controlled, moist healing is appropriate for most wounds, promoting new cell growth and division, with the exudate (liquid matter released from the injury) acting as a transport medium for cell migration across the wound site and creating an anti-pathogenic environment. Chronic exudate can, however, lead to maceration and damage to the skin’s surface, so the correct balance must be struck, which typically involves different types of dressing for different stages of the healing process.

Our Range of Dressings & Bandages for Wounds

Absorbent Wound Pads & Dressings

Suitable for wounds with mild to moderate exudate, the absorbent layer helps prevent maceration.

Transparent Film Dressings

Translucent film dressings made of polymeric, flexible materials are semi-permeable or “breathable”– acting as a barrier to ingress by microorganisms and liquids while allowing moisture-vapour transpiration. This creates a moist wound environment for the wound, which promotes healing. They also enable continuous wound monitoring without removing the dressing. The BNF recommends transparent film dressings for catheter sites and partial-thickness wounds with eschar or minimal exudate.


How does one remove medical tape residue from skin without alcohol?

Medical adhesive-related skin injury (MARSI) from the use of surgical tape, wound dressings, closure strips, electrodes, stoma devices and similar products arise when the product is being removed (ripping off layers of skin or tearing it) or as a result of irritation from contact with the adhesive; blistering, maceration and folliculitis may also occur. The impact on patients’ quality of life can be significant, not just because of the pain this causes but also because it increases the risk of infection and scarring, as well as protracting the wound healing process.

What are the different types of medical tape available?

We stock a range of popular types of medical tape, including cotton, silk, paper, transparent plastic film (such as polyurethane) and elastic, which are characterised by one or more of the following features:

Conformable – following body contours for a snug, durable fit even over highly mobile areas such as joints.

Breathable/porous – accelerates healing and prevents maceration by allowing air to circulate.

Hypoallergenic – suitable for use on sensitive skin.

Waterproof/water-resistant – stay bonded even when wet.

Hand-tearable – enables rapid application of optimal quantity of tape without having to go on a shears hunt.

Radio-transparent – can be left in place while undergoing X-ray imagery.

How often should you change bandages?

It's essential that wounds stay covered to heal properly, and in the early stages of caring for a wound, change the dressing at least twice a day if not more. Your doctor will always advise on proper wound care treatment following a procedure or injury.

What is the best way to care for a wound after stitches?

It's vital to ensure the wound area is kept clean and dry to minimise the risk of infection and ensure timely healing. Change the initial surgical dressing at the direction of your doctor, once you are ready to care for the wound yourself ensure the proper dressings and bandages are applied. Ensure the wound stays covered and protected to ensure faster healing.

What is wound care?

The management and treatment care of wounds requires care and attention right from the point of injury or surgery. From the diagnosis, and the initial surgical dressing application to considering the appropriate treatments and so on.

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