Wound care

What Supplies Are Needed For Wound Care?

Wounds from surgery or prolonged bed rest can add complications to medical issues that are already difficult. Your doctor will suggest a treatment plan for you, but it is also important to understand the supplies and plan of care for yourself. Keep reading to find out about the different supplies you may need for wound care and how they are used.

Wound care

Types of Wounds 

Wound treatment starts with determining wound type. It is important that you know what kind of wound you are dealing with so your doctor can prescribe the right kind of treatment. There are eight wound categories1

  • Pressure Ulcers (Also known as bedsores, read our guide to bedsores to learn more.)
  • Diabetic / Neuropathic Ulcers 
  • Venous Stasis Ulcers 
  • Arterial / Ischemic Ulcers 
  • Surgical Wounds 
  • Atypical Wounds 
  • Fungating / Malignant Wounds 
  • Burns

The Right Supplies for Wound Care

There are many types of wound dressings, but we will focus on the 13 main types. It is important to have the right kind of dressing for your wound so that you can heal quickly and prevent infections.

Collagen Wound Dressings2 

  • Absorbent and maintains a moist healing environment
  • Good for wounds with minimal to heavy secretion 
  • Can be used for surgical wounds  

Composite Dressings3 

  • Moldable and easy to apply and remove
  • Good for wounds with minimal to heavy secretion 
  • Can be used for pressure ulcers and surgical wounds 

Compression Dressings4

  • Protects primary dressing  
  • Sticks to itself for easy application 
  • Can be used with many types of dressings

Contact Layer5

  • Can be used as a liner for deep wounds 
  • Also used to protect wounds from direct contact with dressing
  • Can be used with many types of dressings

Foam Dressings6

  • Can be cut to fit specific body parts 
  • Good for wounds with minimal to heavy secretion 
  • Can be used for pressure ulcers, surgical wounds, and minor burns

Hydrocolloid Dressings7

  • Available in paste, powder, gel or sheet/wafer forms 
  • Water-resistant
  • Can be used for pressure ulcers 

Hydrofiber Dressings8

  • Removes bacteria 
  • Forms a cohesive gel activated by fluid levels 
  • Can be used for pressure ulcers, surgical wounds, second-degree burns 

Hydrogel Sheet and Amorphous9

  • Cooling sensation reduces pain
  • For minimal secretion 
  • Can be used for pressure ulcers, and minor burns

Non-Impregnated Gauze11

  • Can be made of cotton, polyester or rayon
  • Used for cleansing and packing wounds
  • Can cover a variety of wounds 

Impregnated Gauze10

  • Gauze saturated with a water-based product
  • Rehydrates the wound bed 
  • Can be used for pressure ulcers and minor burns 

Specialty Absorptive Dressings12

  • Easy to remove
  • Highly absorbent 
  • Can be used for surgical wounds and burns 

Transparent Film Dressings13

  • Impermeable to liquids, water, and bacteria
  • Allows oxygen in
  • Can be used for pressure ulcers and second-degree burns 

Alginate Dressing14

  • Made from seaweed
  • Partially dissolves to form a gel
  • Can be used for pressure ulcers, surgical wounds, and burns

Trust Home Care Delivered With Your Wound Supply Needs 

You may need a cleanser, wound tape, drainage bag, or other wound care accessory along with the dressing that your doctor prescribed. Home Care Delivered  has all the supplies that you or a loved one may need. Our extensive range of wound care supplies come from top brands and can be delivered directly to your door. Reordering is simple, and our representatives are knowledgeable about  wound care management. Give us a call today to find out more.

  1. https://woundcarenurses.org/wound-care-resources/introduction-to-wound-care-education-training.pdf
  2. https://www.woundsource.com/product-category/dressings/collagens#:~:text=Collagen%20dressings%20are%20indicated%20for,the%20form%20of%20the%20dressing).
  3. https://www.woundsource.com/product-category/dressings/composites#:~:text=Composite%20dressings%20are%20indicated%20for,dermal%20ulcers%2C%20and%20surgical%20incisions.
  4. https://www.woundsource.com/product-category/dressings/contact-layers
  5. https://www.woundsource.com/blog/what-foam-dressing#:~:text=Foam%20dressings%20are%20excellent%20for,leg%20ulcers
  6. https://www.woundsource.com/product-category/dressings/hydrocolloids#:~:text=Hydrocolloids%20are%20indicated%20for%20use,with%20necrotic%20tissue%20or%20slough
  7. https://www.woundsource.com/product/aquacel-extra-hydrofiber-wound-dressing-strengthening-fiber#:~:text=Under%20the%20supervision%20of%20a,%2Dthickness%20(second%2Ddegree).
  8. https://www.woundsource.com/product-category/dressings/hydrogels-amorphous#:~:text=Amorphous%20hydrogels%20are%20indicated%20for,wounds%20with%20necrosis%20or%20slough.
  9. https://www.woundsource.com/product-category/dressings/hydrogels-impregnated#:~:text=Impregnated%20hydrogels%20are%20indicated%20for,wounds%20with%20necrosis%20or%20slough.
  10. https://www.woundsource.com/product-category/dressings/gauzes-non-wovens
  11. https://www.woundsource.com/product-category/dressings/specialty-absorptives-super-absorbents#:~:text=Specialty%20absorptive%20dressings%20are%20indicated,sites%2C%20or%20any%20exudating%20wound.
  12. https://www.woundsource.com/product-category/dressings/transparent-films#:~:text=Transparent%20films%20are%20indicated%20for,with%20necrotic%20tissue%20or%20slough.
  13. https://www.woundsource.com/blog/what-alginate-dressing

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