Bandages are an important part of wound care. They guard the area against foreign objects and help reduce the risk of infection. Successful wound dressing can also stop repeated agitation to the area, allowing whatever injury to heal faster. However, some bandages have harmful side effects that may impede healing. A low trauma hydrocolloid adhesive is designed to aid rejuvenation without harming the wound further or leaving the skin irritated.
Disadvantages of certain wound dressings
According to Scientific American, damaged tissue needs glucose and oxygen, which is carried through the blood stream, to help repair the wound. Some of this oxygen also comes from the area around a wound. A bandage that is too tight restricts air flow, sealing in potentially harmful chemical byproducts created by the wound healing.
Certain glues found in bandages are also known to cause irritation or contact dermatitis. Very Well stated that these adhesives are usually acrylates and vinyl resins. Rashes typically develop after a few hours, discouraging long-term bandage application. This enhances the risk as the patient may be tempted to remove the wound dressing before its proper time.
Premature bandage removal is bad for several reasons. First, it is painful to the patient. Most adhesives are designed to strongly grip the skin and will take body hair when being removed. Second and more serious, removal of the dressing may damage any tissue repair going on at the wound site. This prolongs healing and increases the risk of infection.
Benefits of a low trauma hydrocolloid adhesive
Low trauma hydrocolloid adhesives are designed to avoid these problems. Scapa’s new product is specifically made for sensitive skin. It will promote oxygen circulation while being secure yet repositionable. Latex-free and gamma stable, this wound dressing is biocompatible with the patient’s body.
This type of bandage does not contain the harmful glues that can cause tissue damage and pain. This makes them suited to advanced wound care, IV securement and medical device fixation. They can also be attached for longer use as they will not leave an irritating rash.
Bandages provide vital help to physicians treating patients for varieties of wound afflictions. Knowing which bandage to apply represents one more tool in wound healing.
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