The Tape Lab specializes in helping our medical clients find the right hydrocolloids solution for their stick to skin applications. We work with all the major hydrocolloid manufacturers to offer our clients a broad choice of products to make their products robust while keeping the costs down.
Hydrocolloid dressings promote moist wound healing, manage exudate, aid autolytic debridement and assist with pain management. They may also be used as a primary dressing for Category/Stage I or II pressure ulcers, shallow Category/Stage III or IV pressure ulcers, and for newly formed skin.
Hydrocolloid dressings provide a moist and insulating healing environment, which protects uninfected wounds while allowing the body’s own enzymes to help heal wounds. The hydrocolloid dressings are unique because they don’t have to be changed as often as some other wound dressings and are easy to apply.
Choosing a secondary dressing with a semi-occlusive backing (using hydrocolloid as that backing) maintains a dry pouching surface and will prevent moisture from migrating through the outer cover. Dressing change frequency depends on the amount of wound exudate. A wound with excessive drainage may need the hydrocolloid to be changed daily; a wound with minimal exudate may only need the hydrocolloid to be changed two to three times per week.