White Paper: Wound Dressings Strategies in Managing Venous, Arterial, and Diabetic Ulcers

Lower extremity wounds are becoming increasingly common, and they often come with a host of complications. They are complex, prone to infection, multifactored wounds that often become chronic. Moreover, the prevalence of these wounds is increasing due to many contributing factors in the modern lifestyle. Patients with arterial, venous, or diabetic ulcers often live in […]

What to Expect Following a Pediatric Appendectomy

What is a Pediatric Appendectomy An appendectomy is a surgery to remove the appendix. The appendix is attached to the intestine and is located in the lower right area of the abdomen. Appendicitis in children, teens, and young adults is very common. It often occurs when a blockage occurs leading to inflammation and infection. There […]

Hy-Tape for Wound Care and Scar Management

Scars represent the visible remnants of physical trauma, injury, burns, or surgery. Scar formation occurs during the last phase of wound healing, the remodeling phase. This may be a particularly apprehensive time for the patient, who may experience pain, tightness, or pruritus or may be concerned about the appearance of the healed wound. The formation of scars can take up […]

Infection Control in Wound Management

Factors affecting dressing application for the prevention of infection Preventing wound infection is critical to ensuring rapid healing, patient comfort and the prevention of complication. The effects of infections can range from mild, to serious. Pain, odor, delayed healing, sepsis and even death are frequently associated with their incidence. Infection control starts by properly caring […]

Secondary Wound Dressing Application: Tips to Extend Wear Time

A secondary wound dressing can be an important part of the healing process. To be most effective, secondary dressings need to be securely held to the primary dressing. By using gentle, waterproof medical adhesives to secure secondary dressings, wound care clinicians can ensure exudate and other bodily fluids do not weaken the seal. In clinical […]

Exudative Wound Management & The Importance of Medical Tape

Getting the Right Amount of Wound Exudate One of the challenges of wound management is cultivating a wound environment with just the right amount of exudate. In addition to providing moisture, exudate bathes wounds in nutrients, proteins, electrolytes, macrophages, neutrophils, and other substances. Indeed, the right amount of exudate is important for autolytic debridement and […]

Wound Healing: Myth vs Reality

Throughout the years the Hy-Tape team has fielded many questions in the field of wound care, ostomy securement, and different patient populations. Below are some of the most common statements that we hear regarding wound healing that are sometimes either not true, or need more attention to avoid discomfort and extended healing time. Leaving a […]

Stop Wasting Hydrocolloid Dressings

Hydrocolloid dressings are bioactive dressings that form a gel when they are exposed to wound exudate. The typical hydrocolloid dressing is a flexible, polyurethane wafer that contains an absorbent filler, usually gelatin or carboxymethylcellulose. This advanced wound dressing is resistant to water and bacteria. Consequently, hydrocolloid dressings create an insulated, moist environment that promotes the […]

Medical Adhesives and Wound Dressing Application Strategies

One of the most important steps in wound treatment is proper dressing application. Effectively dressing a wound is critical to the healing process. It is said in communities with moderate wound incidence a full-time nurse (average salary of $67,930) is required for every 5,000 residents, and that gets expensive. Along with proper dressing application, using […]