Modern wound care products utilized in advanced wound treatments promote moist wound healing.

Most cuts and scrapes are simple injuries, or wounds, that don’t require a visit to the doctor. In truth, wound care treatment makes up a significant proportion of the nation’s medical expenditures. Today, the products typically used in wound care treatments fall under two categories: traditional and advanced, differentiated by the type of product and the type of wound the product is designed to treat. When an injury, surgery, or infection does occur, knowing the difference between traditional and advanced wound care products can help you recognize what kind of treatment you need and how to consult your physician.

Traditional Wound Care Products

Traditional wound care encompasses products you can easily find at your local pharmacy or easily get from your clinician. These type of wound care products include bandages, gauze, plasters, lint, and wadding. In general, these products do a great job at treating minor injuries like cuts. When paired with antibacterial ointment, or used with secondary dressings for more advanced wounds, these products can accelerate healing and help prevent infection through the following:

  • Absorbing blood, puss, and other wound fluids
  • Stopping bleeding
  • Preventing small particles from irritating the wound
  • Reducing the risk of microbial infection
  • Drying the wound

Advanced Wound Care Products

Advanced wound care products are designed to treat more complex wounds and—in order to be covered under insurance—usually require a doctor’s order. This includes hydrogels, hydrocolloids, alginates, and film and foam dressings. Advanced wound care treatments revolve around the principle of moisture therapy, which provides moisture to the wound site to encourage natural cell repair while giving the wound room to breathe. Products utilized in moist wound care generally fit better around different wound shapes and sizes and are more resistant to environmental inhibitors and foreign particles.

For example, film dressings are designed to adhere firmly to the skin surrounding a wound without sticking to the wound itself. This creates a moist environment and helps prevent necrosis. Seaweed-derived alginate dressings come in a variety of shapes to cover wounds and trap bacteria, which can be removed during dressing changes. Hydrogels are designed to keep dry wounds moist and are especially useful for deeper wounds. Hydrocolloid dressings contain hydrophilic substances such as gelatin and cellulose, which absorb fluids, dirt, and bacteria, forming a protective gel mass.

As a whole, advanced wound care products focus on these main goals:

  • Maintain a stable temperature around the wound
  • Facilitate oxygen flow
  • Protect the wound from infection
  • Remove dead tissue to prevent scarring and allow new cells to emerge
  • Relieve pain during dressing changes

Which Product Is Best for Your Wound Care?

Traditional wound care products can treat most small cuts and minor abrasions including scrapes and cracked skin. However, for more extensive wounds, traditional wrappings can promote dryness before the wound has sufficiently healed. Bandages and gauze wrappings can also easily fall off due to drying out, movement, contact with water, or an awkwardly shaped or positioned wound.

Deep cuts, lacerations, bleeding under the skin, severe blisters, puncture wounds, necrosis, infected wounds, and other complex wounds require a visit to your doctor, who may treat you with advanced wound care products to better lock in moisture, conform to the wound, and remove bacteria.

If you have a question about a wound or need wound care supplies contact your physician. Once it is determined that you need advanced wound care supplies, contact Advanced Tissue or call 1-877-811-6080.