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Home Care Bandages and Tape

Freeship Whether its a cut that needs the right care or dressings to change a wound, every home needs to be stocked with an assortment of bandages. Read our Buyers Guide for help finding the right product.
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Kendall Tenderskin Hypoallergenic Paper Tape

PG#: 00001v681914C
By: Tenderskin

TENDERSKIN® Hypoallergenic Paper Tape. Sizes: 1" x 10 yards and 2" x 10 yards.



    Kendall™ Paper Tape

    PG#: 00001v681596
    By: Tenderskin

    Paper tape for fragile or hypoallergenic skin. Available in 3in x 10 yards and .5in x 10 yards sizes.



      Heel Pillows by Posey

      PG#: 00001v826115
      By: Posey Company

      Posey Heel Pillows are heel, ankle and skin protector to help reduce skin friction burns. They have comfortable hollow core micro-fiber filling and soft cotton or polyester fabric.

      • Product Type: Leg/Foot Protection


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      3M Transpore Surgical Tape

      PG#: 00001v8815271
      By: 3M

      Transparent, water-resistant, perforated plastic tape with easy, bi-directional tear. 1" x 10 yard rolls.



        SurePress Absorbent Padding

        PG#: 00001v51650948
        By: Surepress

        SurePress Absorbent Padding



          Curasilk™ Silk Tape

          PG#: 00001v687138C
          By: Hypoallergenic

          Ideal for taping catheters, IV tubing, and dressings this tape comes in 1 inch and 2 inch width sizes.



            SurePress High Compression Bandage

            PG#: 00001v51650947
            By: Surepress

            SurePress High Compression Bandage



              3M Blenderm Surgical Tape

              PG#: 00001v8815251
              By: Blenderm

              Blenderm Surgical Tape



                Sterile Latex Free Co-Flex LF2

                PG#: 00003vDYNJ089004
                By: Medline Industries

                Flexible and sterile compression wraps.


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                  3M Coban Self-Adherent Wrap

                  PG#: 00001v881582
                  By: Coban

                  Available in cases only in various widths.



                    Curity™ Non-Adhering Dressing

                    PG#: 00001v686113
                    By: Curity

                    Non-stick bandage dressings with impregnated oil emulsion blend.

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                      Curity™ Practical Cotton Roll

                      PG#: 00001v682287
                      By: Curity

                      Non-Sterile, nonsurgical cotton bandage warpped in blue paper. Available in singles or cases of 25.

                        was $21.16


                        Conform Stretch Bandages

                        PG#: 00001v682230
                        By: Conform

                        Single-ply cotton/polyester blend bandages. Available in sterile boxes and cases.



                          Excilon® Drain and IV Sponges

                          PG#: 00001v687086
                          By: Excilon

                          Wound care sponges with a polyester/rayon blend specially crafted for exit sites. 2 per pack, sterile.



                            Wet-Pruf™ Waterproof Tape

                            PG#: 00001v683267C
                            By: Wet-Pruf

                            Waterproof tape for highly moist areas. Available in cases or singles.



                              Tubigrip Elasticated Tubular Bandage

                              PG#: 00001vSC1438
                              By: Tubigrip

                              Tubigrip Elasticated Tubular Bandage, Natural, Size F, 4 x 10 yds. (Large Knee Medium Thigh)


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                                Choosing The Best Bandages and Tape

                                Bandages and tape are essential items in every home first aid kit to care for injuries from small cuts and scrapes to more serious lacerations. You may also need specialty sizes as well as additional products following surgical procedures and other medical treatments that require fresh bandage or “wound dressing” changes. While there are many sizes of adhesive bandages—commonly thought of by the brand name Band-aids—some wounds, especially large or irregular shaped ones, benefit from dressings made of cotton gauze or gauze pads held in place with medical or surgical tape.

                                Here are specific products to consider for cleaning and wound dressing:

                                Cotton has many uses, from cleaning a cut with antiseptic to swabbing or dabbing on skin products. As a soft, pliable material, it’s gentle and minimizes any additional trauma to skin. Cotton is available as a roll of highly absorbent cotton fibers, allowing you to pull off what you need, or as cotton balls sold in a package. Large cotton balls, about 1” in diameter, are a good, all-purpose size.

                                Gauze and gauze sponges can also be used to clean cuts and other wounds before applying a bandage. Some, like Medline woven gauze sponges [2810], can be used over the wound as well. Sponges come in a range of sizes, like 2” x 2”, 3” x 3” and 4” x 4” and in many plys or thicknesses, from 4 to 16 ply.

                                Having a variety of sizes of all-purpose adhesive bandage strips is a must. Among the handiest adhesive bandages are specialty finger shape bandages that work over knuckles and on cuts between the thumb and index finger. They’re made to move with your hands, to stay in place better and longer. Always look for the words “non-stick pad” or “non-adherent pad” so that the bandage will come off cleanly without pulling on the wound.

                                When an adhesive bandage isn’t big enough, you may want to start with a non-stick sterile pad. Often the first layer of a wound dressing, the pad can be applied right over the wound. A sterile non-stick pad will cover and protect a wound without adhering to it, so changing the dressing isn’t painful and won’t reopen the skin. Curad makes a variety of sizes, like the 2” x 3” ouchless non-stick pad that can be used on wounds after surgery, light bleeding, large cuts and scrapes and burns. Made of a soft, perforated mylar bonded to a 100 percent cotton pad that’s both highly absorbent and breathable, the pads are available with or without adhesive tabs. Those without tabs can be secured with tape after being wrapped with gauze if desired.

                                Conforming bandages are rolls of flexible gauze wrap that contour to whatever area of your body needs protection. Look for woven material and finished edges to minimize unraveling. Sof-Form conforming gauze bandages are sterile and latex-free and the combination of rayon and polyester give them stretch memory and make them an ideal secondary dressing on top of a non-adhesive pad, for example, to secure it and provide another layer of protection.

                                Elastic bandages are lengths of compression material used to provide support for a wound dressing or splint or on its own to stabilize a joint or another area of the body. New advances in elastic bandages mean that you can choose styles with Velcro closures, eliminating the need for clips like the Swift-Wrap elastic bandage with cotton/polyester knit construction for high compression and the Matrix elastic bandage for low compression. The Soft Wrap [2678] is a clip style that works well as a secondary bandage, used to secure a gauze pad or another primary bandage in place when you need to wrap it with a sturdy material. Choose both the width measurement and the length of this type of bandage based on the area it will be applied to.

                                Another option to secure a gauze pad or bandage is with medical or surgical tape. Tape comes in many different fabrics. Medfix Ortho Porous Tape [2770] is a sports tape with a cotton cloth backing and rubber-based adhesive for strength; its porous construction lets skin breathe. Medline paper tape is a breathable, latex-free tape for sensitive skin, recommended for geriatric needs. Medline also makes a transparent tape that’s perforated and allows your doctor to exam your skin without taking off the tape.

                                Having a range of bandages and tape on hand can prepare you for many unexpected mishaps. Then you can add to your first aid kit as you have specific needs.