Not all types of wound drainage are the same. Certain types may indicate an infection, while others may show the wound is healing on schedule.
Wound drainage supplies assist that process. Utilizing a drainage system not only helps with managing exudate but also:
- Prevents bodily fluids from gathering in the wound.
- Reduces the formation of bacteria and microorganisms in the wound, thus lessening the risk of infection.
- Helps with preventing the formation of necrotic material in the wound.
- Creates a moist healing environment that promotes tissue growth and reduces inflammation.
Wound care and treatment must factor in how the patient will bathe in recovery without infecting the wound or causing outside contaminants to enter. Dressings themselves aren’t waterproof and therefore don’t provide the necessary level of protection.
A shower protector, also known as a dressing protector, can be placed over the primary and secondary dressings to keep out moisture. Made of a waterproof plastic or a synthetic, latex-free material, a shower protector can be placed on top or around the dressing to preserve its integrity and prevent bacteria and other microorganisms from infecting the injury.
Incision Management Supplies
PREVENA™ Therapy is a method and portable system designed to create an ideal environment for surgical incisions to heal or drain. These incision management systems are used after a surgical wound is sutured or stapled and, via negative pressure therapy, provide an efficient method for removing and controlling exudate.
PREVENA™ incision management supplies acknowledge that surgical incisions are made through the skin and tissue below and recovery must factor in both areas. To address this process, PREVENA™ incision management supplies helps the skin and tissue heal by removing bodily fluids and infectious materials, protecting the wound from microorganisms and other outside sources of infection and ensuring that the incision’s edges stay together.
To do this, the system includes a water-resistant cover that is placed over the incision, a connection tube, a container to collect the exudate, a charger with a rechargeable battery and a carrying case.