How to use Hydrogel

Hydrogel is an excellent first aid product for the treatment of minor burns, scalds and certain types of abrasions and friction injuries.

When treating burns, always follow the normal first aid procedure for burns (i.e. immediately cool the area) before using hydrogel. Then, depending on the situation, you can use hydrogel in one of three different formats:

Amorphous hydrogel: a free-flowing gel available in sachets and bottles

Impregnated hydrogel dressing: a dressing pad saturated in the free-flowing gel

Sheet hydrogel dressing: a dressing made of solid gel

In general, amorphous hydrogel is good for small or mild burns, whereas for deeper or larger burns you’ll probably want to use a hydrogel dressing. The benefits of using hydrogel are:

  • Offers a cooling action to relieve pain and reduce the risk of further tissue damage
  • The gel provides a moist healing environment, which is beneficial for tissue repair
  • Risk of infection is reduced because the gel forms a sterile barrier over the wound
  • Hydrogel won’t stick to the skin, so pain and further tissue damage is minimised during dressing changes

All three types of hydrogel are available for purchase in the burn care section of our online shop. Of our burn dressings, the CMS Hydrogel Dressings and our Blue Burns Plasters are sheet hydrogel dressings, and currently all of our other burn dressings are impregnated hydrogel dressings.

Using Amorphous Hydrogel from a Sachet or Bottle

Amorphous Hydrogel, such as Cooling Burns Gel, can simply be squeezed out straight onto the burn.

Amorphous Hydrogel, such as Cooling Burns Gel, can simply be squeezed out straight onto the burn.

  1. Wash your hands thoroughly
  2. If using hydrogel from a sachet or bottle, apply the gel directly to the site of the burn or scald. Do not rub the gel into the affected area. The hydrogel can be easily rinsed off when required.

Or:

Pour some gel onto a low-adherence dressing and gently place the pad on the affected area. Secure the dressing using a non-absorbent bandage, such as cohesive bandage or conforming bandage. Take care to ensure that the bandage is not wrapped tightly.

Using an Impregnated Hydrogel Dressing:

Impregnated Hydrogel Dressings (in this case a Burnsoothe Dressing are a bit wet and messy to handle but are very effective.

Impregnated Hydrogel Dressings (in this case a Burnsoothe Dressing) are a bit wet and messy to handle but are very effective.

  1. Wash your hands thoroughly
  2. Open the sachet and remove the dressing. Gently lay the dressing on the site of the burn or scald, ensuring that the whole of the wound is covered.
  3. Carefully squeeze the rest of the gel in the sachet over the top of the dressing.
  4. Wrap the dressing to keep it in place with a non-absorbent bandage, such as a cohesive bandage or conforming bandage. Take care to ensure that pressure is not applied to the area when bandaging.

Using a Sheet Hydrogel Dressing:

A Sheet Hydrogel Dressing is easy to handle and is simply laid over the burn.

A Sheet Hydrogel Dressing is easy to handle and is simply laid over the burn.

  1. Wash your hands thoroughly
  2. Open the sachet and remove the dressing. Cut the dressing to size with clean scissors, ensuring that it will cover the whole of the burn or scald site.
  3. Carefully peel off the backing film (if any) and lay the dressing onto the affected area.
  4. Keep the dressing in place with either fixing tape, or by wrapping with a bandage as above.
Either type of hydrogel dressing can be secured by lightly wrapping on with a conforming bandage or cohesive bandage.

Either type of hydrogel dressing can be secured by lightly wrapping on with a conforming bandage or cohesive bandage.

Physical Sports Limited sells first aid and medical supplies for the treatment of sports injuries. | www.Physical-Sports.co.uk | 01943 662 155

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