Types of Bandages and Dressing

Introduction      |    Self -Adherent Wrap      |    Conforming Bandage      |    Adhesive Bandages      |    Elastic bandages

Growing up every baseball game, bike ride or camping trip ended up the same way, my mom pouring hydrogen peroxide over a cut or scrape and slapping a Band-Aid® on it. It always did the trick, a few days later the wound was healed, it’s all magic to a child, but, in reality, bandages play a significant role in effective wound care.

You might define a bandage as a material such as gauze or adhesive-backed fabric to protect, immobilize, compress or support a wound or injured a part of the body.

There are many that would group wound dressings and bandages in the same category but for the purposes of this article, we’ll separate bandages into its own category.

What are the types of first-aid dressing and bandages?

Self -Adherent Wrap bandage is a self-adherent, cohesive wrap that sticks to itself but not to skin, hair or dressings. It is a secondary dressing that functions like a tape to retain dressings without tension around digits or limbs. Its comfortable, porous and lightweight construction encourages patient compliance.

3M Coban Self-Adherent Wrap - Sterile

Conforming Bandage gently secures to body contours without the restriction of movement and accommodates an increase or decrease in swelling. The uniquely constructed weave and finished edges help eliminate unraveling and lint. The combination of rayon and polyester helps the bandage to provide stretch memory when applied.

AMD MediStretch Conforming Bandage

The non-adherent pad protects granulating tissue and the hypoallergenic adhesive bandages provide long-lasting protection.

3M Steri-Strip Antimicrobial Adhesive Skin Closure Strip

Elastic bandages are knitted, breathable, and suited for general use support and compression. This 90% cotton and 10% polyester bandage serves as an ideal secondary bandage. Clips are required to secure it to itself.

3M ACE Elastic Bandage With Hook Closure

Specialty bandages are available to protect sensitive skin, cushion bony areas, prevent ulcers, blisters, corns or chaffing.


How to Choose the Appropriate Wound Dressing?

There are many various types of wound dressings available. Learning the types of dressings is the first step to understanding which is right to use. Once you've learned about the types of wound dressings, inspect the wound, ask yourself these questions and choose the right one for you:

  • What is the nature of the wound?
  • What is the state of the surrounding tissue?
  • What do the wound's edges look like?
  • Is there any drainage


Where to buy wound dressing online?

At Shop Woundcare, You can find various wound dressings from experienced manufacturers like MedlineMckessonColoplast, and BSN Medical at the best prices. Browse through our huge collection and pick the best one for you.

Healing isn’t magic

It’s science, whether it’s as simple as a small adhesive bandage or a specialty bandage always follow the wound care plan prescribed by your doctor or medical professional. Patient compliance in the use of bandages is the best course for proper and timely wound recovery.

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