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news | 05.01.2022

How to treat an open wound?

With an open wound, the skin is so damaged that the skin tissue lies exposed. An open wound is usually (very) painful. There is wound fluid or blood loss.

Open wounds can be divided into dry and wet wounds.

A dry open wound has dried up. It no longer bleeds, nor do you discharge wound fluid. Usually, dry open wounds have a layer with a scab. A larger dry wound generally does not heal as quickly and is more likely to scar because of the scab. A Detectaplast Hydrogel plaster can be used to cover dry wounds.

Wet wounds involve a moist wound area. The wound does not dry out and a scab does not form. A moist wound heals faster than a dry wound. This is because the cells can move more and the molecules that affect the healing process are brought to the wound faster. If the wound is too moist, there is a greater risk of infection.

A wound heals best when it is not dry, but also not too moist.

Detectaplast Hydrogel plasters offer an excellent answer to this requirement *

What is hydrogel?

Hydrogel is a sterile gel composed primarily of water (80-90%) bound by a binder. This binder allows the gel to absorb and retain moisture. The water in the gel allows scabs, fibrin deposits and superficial layers of necrotic tissue to soften, facilitating their loosening. Red granulation tissue is protected from drying out.
Hydrogel has a cooling and pain-relieving effect because it keeps the wound moist.
Hydrogel plasters can therefore also be used for (minor) first-degree burns.
* Hydrogel plasters are not recommended for heavily bleeding, exuding or deep wounds with narrow openings (fistulas) or if patients are hypersensitive to this gel or any of its components.

Treatment of open wounds

  • Wash and dry hands prior to treating the wound.
  • Use disinfectant.
  • If the wound is open or bleeding, preferably wear disposable nitrile gloves.
  • First remove any dirt or (glass) splinters present from the wound with tweezers disinfected in alcohol.
  • Use a cotton swab when small wounds in hard-to-reach areas need to be cleaned and disinfected.
  • A bleeding open wound is best left to bleed for a while. The blood will rinse the wound clean.

You can disinfect an open wound with Detectaplast Medic Spray and then dress it with cohesive bandage or self-adhesive foam dressing.

If there is a larger dry or wet wound, you can use a compress in combination with a Detectaplast Elastic dressing with pad and/or Cohesive Quick Bandage.

You can also cover the dry or wet wound with a Detectaplast Hydrogel plaster

If there is a small open wound, it is best to rinse it with water and disinfect it with a Detectaplast Medic Spray. Cover the wound with a Detectaplast Wound Plaster, Hydrogel Plaster, quick plaster or self-adhesive foam dressing.

Not sure how to treat a wound? Consult a doctor!