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Wound Care

Taking the time to prepare and care for a fresh wound is important to prevent infection. By ensuring all of your tools and bandages are sterile, you can be certain that your patients will fully recover. At Broadway Home Medical, we've come prepared for the worst injuries and we have the right tools to get the job done.


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Dressing & Bandages


Without dressing and bandages wounds would take much longer to heal completely. There's also the risk of a wound becoming infected without the proper protection to cover that wound. Fortunately, we have a wide variety of wrappings and bandages to cover open wounds to allow them to heal.




Wound Prep


How well someone prepares to treat an open wound can determine how well that person will recover. Infection can easily occur in unsteril environments and can be a byproduct of dirty hands or dressings. Individually wrapped alcohol prep pads can sterilize an open wound and get it ready for wrapping. Guaze pads are a good way to isolate a wound and at the same time absorb fluids or protect the injury.


Alcohol Prep Pads




Wound Care Tools


Wound Care Tools


Certain types of tools may be required when dressing a wound or closing a wound with sutures. There are scissors specifically designed for cutting through gauze or other dressings which are available at a reasonable price. Foreceps, commonly called tweezers, can be used for many applications. If you have some at home, you most likely use them for removing splinters, however, in the medical field, they are used quite often for small objects or debris that may have found its way inside a wound.




Open Wounds and Injuries


Open wounds are a common injury. Just about everyone will experience an injury like this at some point in their lives. When it comes to open wounds, however, it's important to know the different kinds of injuries that might warrant a trip to the doctor. The four types of open wounds are as follows:


- Injuries like scrapes or road rash - Not much bleeding follows this type of wound but still requires disinfection


- Lacerations are described as a deep cut or tearing of the skin. Typically caused by knives or sharp tools


- A puncture is caused by a long or pointy object. Whereas they may not cause much bleeding, it's possible they could cause damage to internal organs


- Avulsions are partial or complete tearing of skin and tissue beneath. The bleeding that follows is heavy and rapid.


Most minor wounds can be cared for at home. Just make sure to disinfect the wound and apply pressure to stop any bleeding that may occur. When wrapping a wound, always use sterile bandages or dressing. If, however, the bleeding does not stop or lasts longer than 20 minutes, see a doctor immediately.


Open wounds and injuries should be taken seriously. Even minor wounds can lead to infection so it's important to take action when an injury occurs, especially if there's an excessive amount of bleeding. Most of the time, an imjury can be taken care of at home, however, if the bleeding cannot be controlled, receiving immediate care should be a priority. At Broadway Home Medical, we hope you never have to use wound care products, but it may be a good idea to stock up before something happens. So stop by and see us today! We are located in Wichita, Kansas.

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