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If you have a bedsore, diabetic ulcer or other dermal ulcer, or you are caring for someone who does, it is critical that you are receiving assistance or advice from a medical specialist. Treating pressure sores (bedsores) and dermal ulcers can be challenging as these wounds heal slowly and must be attended to carefully. Treatment plans includes everything from pressure reduction to wound cleaning/debridement, wound dressings, hydrotherapy, antibiotics, dietary supplements and muscle spasm relief. Even with the best of care, sometimes surgery is required.
Allegro’s wound care category has a variety of products designed to protect wounds and speed healing. The type of products used depends on the stage and severity of the wound. Below are our most popular wound care products for pressure sores, venous and arterial leg and foot ulcers.
Most Popular Pressure Sore and Ulcer Products
Mepilex Border Self-Adherent Absorbent Foam Dressing– This popular self-adherent foam dressing minimizes trauma to the wound and pain to the patient during dressing changes. It is designed for a wide range of exuding wounds including pressure ulcers, leg and foot ulcers and traumatic wounds.
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Promogran Prisma Matrix Wound Dressing– Appropriate for diabetic foot ulcers, venous ulcers, pressure ulcers and all chronic wounds, Promogran Prisma contains a unique combination of collagen, ORC and silver-ORC to absorb chronic wound fluid and create the optimal environment for cellular growth.
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Iodosorb Gel Cadexomer Iodine– Triple action kills bacteria, manages exudate and debrides the wound. Iodosorb Gel is specially formulated for use on wet, exudating ulcers, diabetic and venous ulcers, pressure sores and infected wounds.
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SAF-Clens AF No Rinse Cleanser – Intended for the cleansing of Stage I-IV pressure ulcers, stasis ulcers, diabetic ulcers, post-surgical wounds and more. Removes debris, slough and eschar without damaging healing tissue. No rinse formula.
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Normlgel Hydrogel Dressing – Provides a moist environment for the wound, optimum for healing. Normlgel may be used on granulating and open wounds such as pressure ulcers, venous and arterial leg ulcers, diabetic ulcers, burns and open surgical wounds. Another popular hydrogel is the SilvaSorb Hydrogel with antimicrobial silver protection.
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3M Tegaderm Transparent Film Dressing – This all-in-one sterile, transparent dressing frames the wound and delivers first aid all in one. Used for acute wounds, surgical sites and chronic wounds including Stage I and II pressure ulcers, Tegaderm protects at-risk skin or can be used as a primary or secondary dressing. Breathable yet waterproof.
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Silvercel Antimicribial Alginate Dressing– Great for pressure ulcers, diabetic ulcers and surgical wounds, Silvercel combines silver and alginate into one unique dressing, providing both antimicrobial action and enhanced exudate management.
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Want more? See all these pressure sore/diabetic ulcer products and more in Shop by Condition: Dermal Ulcers. We also recommend the following categories: Bedridden, Diabetic Shoes, Diabetic Socks, Pressure Reduction, Foot Care, Hospital Discharge Favorites and Skin Care
Help! I’m hurt!
Injuries can happen in a split second. Do you have a first aid kit handy? Everyone should have one at home and in the car, at least, and also at work, school, church or wherever you or your kids spend time. Be responsible. Make sure you have well-stocked first aid kits in easy-to-locate places.
There are several types of first aid kits, designed and pre-packed to contain everything you’ll need to handle certain types of emergencies in different areas such as home, business office or vehicle.
Types of First Aid Kits
HOME FIRST AID KITS
Basic First Aid Kit for Home – This super organized, inexpensive 67-piece first aid kit contains medical supplies used for common injuries such as cuts, sprains, minor burns, insect bites or splinters. It even has a first aid instruction card. Keep this case in an easy-to-find location out of reach of small children. Let older children know what it is, where it is and how it is used. Buy as many as you need to cover your bases.
CAR and TRAVEL FIRST AID KITS
Emergency First Aid Auto Kit – This first aid kit contains emergency aid for your car and emergency aid for minor injuries – all in one. It comes in a durable case and contains bandages, non-stick pads, first aid cream, wipes, alka selzer, pain relievers, tape, tire puncture sealer and a flare. See also the Car First Aid Kit in a Black Nylon Bag
Compact First Aid Kit for Travel – Small and durable, this compact first aid kit is perfect for your boat, backpack, camping gear, vehicle or office. It contains adhesive bandages, tape, various wipes, gauze pads, burn cream and aspirin. Take it with you!
OFFICE FIRST AID KITS
25 Person First Aid Kits – Every office should have at least one first aid kit to cover occasional cuts and abrasions, or for emergencies affecting more individuals at once. Choose from a plastic case or steel case. Kits contain bandages, first aid cream, cold pack, tape, plastic forceps, gloves, pads, gauze, ammonia and more.
50 Person First Aid Kits – First Aid coverage for a mid-sized office. Choose from plastic case or steel case. Each kit varies slightly but basically contain a variety of bandages, pads, gauze, various wipes, ammonia, cold packs, eye wash, plastic forceps, gloves, scissors, tape and first aid guidelines.
100-150 Person First Aid Kit – First Aid coverage for a larger area or emergency preparedness. Durable steel case is portable or can be mounted on the wall. Contains adhesive strips, stretch bandages, gauze pads, wound dressing, adhesive tape, site bandages, iodine, cold packs, ammonia, eye pads, antiseptic, first aid creams, cotton, alcohol, peroxide, aspirin, burn spray, antacids, scissors, tweezers, gloves, tongue depressors, antibiotic, eye wash, sting relief and poison ivy relief.
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Do you know what to do if someone cuts themselves? Read First Aid for Cuts and be ready to do the right thing!
How do you know when a cut, puncture or scrape needs advanced medical assistance? Although minor injuries rarely require a trip to the emergency room, assessing the danger and reacting appropriately can save wounds from infection or other complications.
Step-by-Step First Aid for Cuts
Tips for Simple Wound Care summarized from Mayo Clinic Guidelines
1. Stop the bleeding. Apply gentle pressure with a clean bandage or cloth (or your hand if you have nothing else). Elevate if possible and hold pressure continuously for 20 to 30 minutes. If the bleeding doesn’t stop, seek assistance. Don’t try to shut off all blood flow (thus oxygen) by using a tourniquet. They are used only for very severe injuries!
2. Clean the wound. Rinse with clear water. Keep soap out of the actual wound because it can irritate it. If there is still dirt or debris in the wound after washing, use tweezers cleaned with alcohol to remove the particles. If debris remains, see your doctor. Cleaning around the wound with soap and water, plus cleaning the wound thoroughly with water reduces the risk of infection and tetanus. No need for hydrogen peroxide, iodine or an iodine-containing cleanser.
3. Apply an antibiotic. After cleaning the wound, apply a thin layer of antibiotic cream or ointment to keep the wound moist. These products discourage infection and help your body’s natural healing process, but don’t actually speed up healing per se. Use sparingly and follow package directions carefully. If a rash appears, stop using the ointment. Do not use on serious injuries before asking your doctor.
4. Cover the wound. Bandages help keep the wound clean and the bacteria out. After you’re out of the woods for infection, exposure to the air will speed wound healing.
5. Change the dressing. Change the wound dressing at least daily or whenever wet or dirty. If you’re allergic to the adhesive bandages, switch to adhesive-free dressings or sterile gauze pads held in place with paper tape, gauze roll or a loosely applied elastic bandage.
6. Get stitches for deep wounds. A wound that is more than 1/4-inch deep or is gaping or jagged edged and has fat or muscle protruding usually requires stiches. Adhesive strips or butterfly closures may hold a minor cut, but if you can’t easily close the wound, see your doctor as soon as possible to reduce the risk of infection.
7. Watch for signs of infection. See your doctor if the wound isn’t healing or you notice any redness, increasing pain, drainage, warmth or swelling.
8. Get a tetanus shot. Docs recommend you get a tetnus shot every 10 years. If your wound is dirty or deep and you haven’t had a shot for more than 5 years, you may need a tetanus booster.
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Do you have a well-stocked first aid kit? Read Best First Aid Kits for Home, Office and Car
Let’s face it. Humans, even in the best of health, are odor challenged. Throw in some incontinence or maybe an ostomy, a healing wound, a little flatulence, a bedridden loved one, body odor, a dirty dog, smelly kids, poor hygiene, bad breath, mold and mildew – and what do you have? You have a whole lot of reasons to invest in some serious odor eliminators. Move over Lysol . . .
Allegro’s Most Popular Odor Eliminators
Room Deodorizers – Super concentrated, these room sprays don’t mask foul odors – they chemically eliminate them. Even the worst odors are gone in seconds.
Personal Hygiene Odor Control – Products to keep all your parts clean. Caregivers, you’ll want to take a gander at these.
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Wipes and Washcloths – Disposable personal cleansing wipes and bathing cloths for bottoms and bits. Amazing prices.
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Ostomy Deodorants – Ostimates have no reason to worry about embarrassing odor with this line-up of internal and external deodorants.
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Skin Cleansers– Body wash, no-rinse bath products, incontinence sprays, perineal washes, skin conditioners – all here.
Bed Pads, Underpads and Mattress Protectors – Nothing saves beds, chairs or other furniture from stains and smells more than a pad or protector. Disposable or Reusable/Washable – your choice.
Thanks for being an Allegro customer. We appreciate your business. By the way, you smell GREAT!
Developed as a sports-medicine tape to aid athletes, Kinesiologers are quickly finding other uses for the miracle, adhesive backed cloth. From fuselage repairs to saving national monuments, the only question now is what can’t Kinesio tape do?
Got a picture of Kinesio tape in action saving the world? Send it in and it might make the next edition of the Daily Kinesio Report: Submit your picture via email to Kinesio@AllegroMedical.com today. One weekly winner will receive a roll of genuine Kinesio tape.
Much speculation surrounds beach volleyball superstar and Olympic Gold Medalist Kerri Walsh’s shoulder “tattoo”. It’s not a tattoo at all, actually. It’s Kinesio Tape, reportedly placed there to help improve healing and reduce shoulder pain.
Kinesio Tape and Kinesio Taping is nothing new, but it is certainly catching on. It was developed more than 25 years ago by Dr. Kenzo Kase, a Japanese chiropractor who trained in the US.
For years, the tape and the taping methods were primarily used by sports medicine doctors, rehabilitation specialists, physical therapists and chiropractors. The effectiveness of Kinesio Taping has spread like wildfire and it is now used by medical practitioners and top athletes worldwide. The Japanese Olympic volleyball team is thought to have started the frenzy with the athletes.
I’ve read that Kinesio Taping is being used on Lance Armstrong, Serena Williams, David Beckam, Robby Ginepri and Justine Henin, not to mention the current crop of Olympiads including Martins Plavins and of course, Kerri Walsh.
In Lance Armstrong’s book “Every Second Counts”, he refers to Kinesio as “Something better than any laser, wrap, or electric massager…The Tape. It is a special hot-pink athletic tape that came from Japan and seemed to have special powers. Every morning before the stage, they would tape us all up, different parts of our bodies . . . George’s back, Chechu’s knees. Sometimes we’d be so wrapped up in hot-pink tape that we’d look like dolls, a bunch of broken dolls. But the next day the pain disappeared–it was gone.”
Kinesio Taping is basically a technique of applying Kinesio Tape — thin, elastic, color-coded strips of tape – on joints and muscles where support and stability is needed. It is a “non-restrictive” taping method (think the opposite of heavy strapping of ankles), used to reduce pain and inflammation, relax overused tire muscles and speed healing. It is also used for preventative maintenance, edema and pain management.
The tape itself is an elastic woven tape that comes in a variety of widths, colors and types. It is cut into different shapes and applied with a slight stretch to stretched skin. It may look like conventional athletic tape but it is fundamentally different in that it has a specific elasticity that plays a role in its effectiveness. It is thin, like skin, and is applied by professionals trained specifically for the different applications. It is placed on top of the skin, strategically, often in “waves”, and is effective for 3 to 5 days before it needs to be replaced. You can shower or swim with it. It doesn’t contain latex, which is great for those with latex allergies.
How Does Kinesio Tape Work?
When properly applied, you don’t even know the tape is there. The practitioner places it on slightly stretched skin from one end of the muscle to the other, with varying amounts of stretch to the tape. For muscle support/facilitation, the tape is applied from the muscle origin to the muscle insertion. For rehabilitation or muscular inhibition, it goes on just the opposite.
The taping technique is based on the body’s own natural healing process. Rather than “strap down” the muscle, the philosophy is to give free range of motion and allow the body’s own muscular system to heal itself bio-mechanically. Application of Kinesio Tape encourages muscles to function as they would if they didn’t need the tape, which improves not only body movement but circulation of venous and lymph flows, body temperature, etc. Pretty simple, but it makes perfect sense. There is, I believe, a psychological aspect as well. If your sore muscles are supported and allowed to heal, you are not in as much pain and you relax. Your performance improves along with faster healing.
Kinesio Tape’s Uses are Seemingly Endless
Who would think that strategically placed elastic athletic tape would make any difference in the healing process, or athletic performance, for that matter? Well, it seems to work in a whole lot of ways if you ask our customers. Reviews (avg 5 out of 5 stars) of Kinesio Tape mention its effectiveness in relieving carpal tunnel, arthritis, plantar fasciitis, shoulder pain, and even ocular myasthenia. Other sources say that Kinesio Tape can be used for headaches to foot problems and everything in between. Examples include muscular facilitation or inhibition in pediatric patients, lower back strain/pain (subluxations, herniated disc), knee conditions, hamstring, groin injury, rotator cuff injury, whiplash, tennis elbow, patella tracking, pre- and post-surgical edema, ankle sprains, athletic preventative injury method, and as a support method.
One very important thing to remember is that the effectiveness of Kinesio Tape highly relies on the placement and technique. You can do it yourself, but only after you have been trained by a professional.
If you have any of the conditions mentioned above, Kinesio Taping might be worth a mention to your medical practitioner or chiropractor. For those professionals looking for a great deal on Kinesio Tape, or any other medical supplies check out AllegroMedical.com.
Allegro has hundreds of wound care products at the best prices, for physicians and health-care professionals, or patients at home. Shop Allegro for:
Adhesives, applicators and gauze
Collagen and silicon
Wound cleansers and prep
Bandages and dressings
Allegro has a variety of dressing brands, in all sizes, quantities and types for venous ulcers, diabetic skin and all other types of wounds.
Foam dressings, which provide thermal insulation for a moist healing environment, are non-adhesive and easy to remove.
Hydrocolloid dressings react with wound exudate to form a gel-like covering to protect the wound and maintain a moist environment. Hydrocolloids are occlusive and adhesive wafer dressings which combine colloidal materials with adhesive elastomers to manage light to moderate draining.
Antimicrobial dressings are capable of destroying or inhibiting the growth of microorganisms. Highly absorbent calcium
alginate dressings are placed into the wound as a dry fiber, then quickly absorb exudate and convert to a gel, facilitating moist wound healing. Recommended for wounds with moderate to heavy exudate, alginate dressings can handle up to twenty times their weight in fluid.
Hydrogels have high water content and provide moisture to dry wounds to promote healing. Gel and hydrogel dressings are for infected and non-infected wounds, and for minimally draining wounds.
Allegro is your place for bandages such as cotton-based or nylon stretch for securing dressings, self-adherent wraps and Unna boots for firm, even compression therapy. Or, for support of sprains and strains with no clips or tape, try elastic tubular retainers or bandages in a wide variety of sizes and colors. See our selection of zinc-oxide based bandages for leg ulcers, eczema and dermatitis.
Adhesives, applicators and gauze.
There’s every type of tape you need, right here at Allegro, including gentle yet secure paper, cotton elastic and sports tapes, plus specialty tapes that are waterproof and breathable to hold dressings and gauze in place.
Stock up on sterile, cotton tip 3″ and 6″ applicators in boxes of up to 2000.
For packing and drainage, 100% cotton packing strips can accompany your dressings. Also good for dental packing. Come to Allegro for soft gauze in pads and rolls, and sponges good for all types of wound treatments.
Collagen and silicon
Control the effects of scars with silicone gel sheeting. Used by dermatologists and surgeons worldwide to lessen the look of injury and surgery scars.
Self-adherent silicon dressings minimize the pain of dressing changes by lowering trauma to the wound. Silicon is good for wounds, burns and skin ulcers. Or, collagen dressings provide the strength and structural support of collagen that enables healing to proceed at a rapid rate.
Wound cleansers and prep
Wound cleansers and debriders gently cleanse a wound before dressing application. They contain ingredients that absorb drainage and/or deodorize the wound, and are used to remove dead tissue while keeping healthy tissue intact. Good for painless flushing and removal of bacteria and debris.
Use absorbers (hydrophilic dressings) in gel, paste or powder to decrease the amount of exudate and to bring nutrients to the wound site that help the body heal faster. Safe for diabetic wounds.
When was the last time you checked your first aid kit? Replace that old kit in your home or office with a new kit from Allegro. Our first aid kits contain everything you need to administer minor first aid – bandages, topical cream, antiseptic, gauze, scissors, aspirin, ammonia inhalants, a first aid booklet – even an instant ice pack.