As one of Australia’s leading wholesale suppliers of first aid products, we’re proud to provide an extensive range of wound care products which are both top quality and cost effective.

Our stock consists of a wide variety of dressings, compression bandages, cotton tips, gauze, gels, solutions, powders, and tapes – everything you need to treat all types of wounds.

It’s critical to treat minor cuts, scrapes, or burns right after someone has hurt themselves, in order to avoid any delays in the healing process. This is why First Aid Distributions recommends these 3 easy to follow steps to kill germs and prevent infections.

  1. Clean – gently wash the affected area with soap and water to remove dirt and germs. Allow the wound to dry
  2. Treat – Apply an antiseptic liquid such as Betadine to help relieve pain and provide long lasting protection against infection
  3. Cover – Cover and protect the affected area with a border dressing or bandage

Wound Care

Understanding wounds

For years it was thought that keeping a wound uncovered to let the air get to it, was the best way to help it heal faster. However, extensive research has shown that this is simply not true. Keeping a wound protected after applying a first aid antibiotic ointment is hugely important for proper wound healing.

Covered vs Uncovered Wound

  • A covered wound has less chance of getting infected. Keeping it covered with a sterile bandage helps prevent exposure to dirt and germs
  • A covered wound is less likely to scar. A scab-free moist wound is more likely to heal without leaving a scar
  • An uncovered wound dries out and forms a thick crust or scab. This is nature’s way of protecting the body from germs but unfortunately, scabs can be picked off or torn, which leaves the wound beneath the scab vulnerable to infection
  • Scabs which form from leaving a wound uncovered often result in visiblescars

Prepare for unexpected cuts and scrapes

First aid is important for many situations where a visit to the hospital or emergency department of your local hospital isn’t necessary. Our wound care products offer all the infection protection needed for minor cuts, scrapes, and burns. But have you considered all of the places you could have treated with our wound care products?

Where do you use your first aid kits?

It’s better to be safe than sorry which is why it’s important to carry out a risk assessment in your workplace to determine the number and whereabouts of your first aid kits.

Minor accidents don’t just happen in the workplace, they can also occur at school, in the gym, and at home.  An accident could even occur when you’re sitting at your computer desk, whether it’s a dreaded paper cut or a nick from that sneaky pair of scissors lurking in your drawer.

It makes sense, therefore, to keep a collection of wound care products inside a first aid kit for work and home, as well as for going out and about in your car.

Not sure what wound care products you need?

Here is a brief overview of the major categories below. If you need more information on any of our wound care products, then please don’t hesitate to give our friendly team a call on 03 5443 2239.

Wound Care Product Categories

Absorbent dressings - We stock a wide range of absorbent dressings in different sizes and variations to suit individual needs. This type of dressing is designed to absorb any fluids while preventing them from sticking to the wound bed. They consist of multi layers and can be used as a primary or secondary covering for abrasions, cuts, burns, lacerations, and more.

Alginate dressings - These are primarily intended for ulcers and work by absorbing excessive fluid to promote healing. They can absorb up to 20 times their own weight in fluid and can be bent to fit the most awkward of areas.

Antimicrobial dressings (silver) - Antimicrobial dressings are typically used to help prevent and manage infections in a wide range of wounds. Silver is an antimicrobial agent which has been used in wound care for hundreds of years. The silver ions kill infection instantly by blocking the respiratory enzyme system while remaining non-toxic to surrounding tissues.

Border dressings - These are types of foam dressing which are designed to create an optimal healing environment for wounds which are open or leaking, including leg and foot ulcers, and trauma wounds. The absorbent pad above wicks away the moisture from the wound so it intersperses throughout the dressing.

Compression - Compression bandaging is a special type of bandage which helps to manage leg swelling and support venous leg ulcers. It provides support for the veins, allowing the valves to work better and the blood to flow more freely.

Cotton tips and swabs - These are a must have item for any first aid box and can be used for a variety of purposes including cleansing the skin and applying products such as creams and ointments. Swabs are also suitable for collecting specimens from the mouth.

Dressing packs - These feature an all in one dressing solution containing a dressing tray, swabs, cotton balls, forceps, and highly absorbent dressing towel. It’s a cost-effective solution to clinical care wound requirements.

Film dressings - These are usually made from a thin polyurethane membrane coated with adhesive. They’re designed to protect a wound from damage and provide a barrier against bacteria. The dressing acts like a second skin and is flexible, adhesive, and transparent, meaning the progress of a wound can be checked without removing the dressing. They should not be applied to wounds that are infected.

Mepitel film dressings can be applied alone or with other wound care products and as well as sealing wound margins it also supports a wound healing environment.

Mepore pad and film dressing helps prevent wound fluid leakage and is ideal for protecting cuts, abrasions, and surgical wounds when showering.

Foam dressings - Foam dressings would benefit a wound such as a burn, leg ulcer, pressure ulcer, or skin graft. They are absorbent, non-adherent dressings which are available in varying thicknesses. They’re designed to aid healing by promoting a moist environment. Typically made from semi permeable polyurethane they allow water vapour to enter while keeping out bacteria and other contaminants.

Gauze and Combine - Combine dressings consist of a thick highly absorbent layer of fleece enclosed in a soft conformable non-woven fabric. They can be use directly for medium to heavily exuding wounds or as a secondary dressing. Our gauze swabs are great for cleaning wounds before dressing.

Gels, Powder, Solutions - Here you’ll find a variety of antiseptic liquids, barrier creams, moisturising ointments, salines, eye washes, and wipes.

Tapes and bandages - Finally, tapes and bandages. They are a mainstay of any first aid kit since they secure dressings and devices to the skin. Micropore surgical tape is highly breathable with a gentle adhesion which is easy to remove without pulling or tugging the skin.

When to see the doctor

If a wound is dirty or deep, then remember to advise the injured person to get a tetanus shot, especially if they haven’t had one in the past 5 years. In addition, be sure to advise them to visit a doctor if they notice any signs of infection on or near the wound, such as redness, swelling, warmth, or increasing pain.