Oct 31

4 Reasons to keep hydrocolloid dressings in your first aid kit

4 Reasons to keep hydrocolloid dressings in your first aid kit

  1. It’s always good to have a first-aid kit with you. It does not hurt to be prepared because you never know when you get into an accident where you get wounded or have an injury. Most
    first-aid kits will have things like adhesive tape, bandages, antiseptic wipes and gauze. If you are preparing your own first aid kit, you may want to consider adding hydrocolloid dressings to it.

What are hydrocolloid dressings? It is a type of dressing that uses gel-forming agents to provide a moist healing environment for uninfected wounds. It is biodegradable and breathable, and the material actually adheres to the skin so you will not need a separate adhesive type.

Here are some reasons why hydrocolloid dressings should be a staple in your first-aid kit.

1. They are simple to apply – even though the name might sound intimidating, you don’t need technical training to apply a hydrocolloid dressing. You just need to make sure your hands are clean and that you are wearing gloves. The area around the wound must be dry too. Put a film of moisture barrier around the wound, then warm the hydrocolloid dressing in your have for a few minutes. remove the paper from the back and put the dressing over the center of the wound. With a little pressure, the dressing will adhere to the skin.

2. It keeps the newly healed skin intact – a great benefit of this dressing is that it actually does not stick to the wound, which is a problem with other more traditional dressing. With the
hydrocolloid, the dressing only adheres to the skin surrounding the wound, therefore the healing skin is kept intact and there is no tissue break down. Also, have you ever experienced ripping a dressing or band-aid off thinking the skin has already healed, only to discover that you’ve opened up the wound once again when you took out the dressing? You won’t have this problem
because again, the adhesion is not to the wound but only the skin surrounding it.

3. Your wound is kept safe from contaminants – there is a lower risk of infection when you use hydrocolloid dressing because not only are they waterproof, but even impermeable to
bacteria. So you don’t have to worry about whether you can take a bath or not because it will not disrupt the healing time of your wound.

4. There is little to no disruption in the healing of the wound – it is important to note though that this type of dressing works well with wounds that are not infected, and not for those with
sinus tracts or heavy exudate. Now, unlike most dressings which need to be changed every day, a hydrocolloid dressing can be changed every 3 up to 7 days. Not only does this make this dressing more cost effective, saving you some money, but it helps to maximize the healing time for the wound because it remains undisturbed for a longer period.

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Jessica Pulido

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