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Bandaids are essential for minor workplace injuries, such as shallow cuts, abrasions, and scrapes. There are many types of adhesive bandages available, which makes choosing the right bandage difficult. The selection from a variety of options can lead to confusion and possible wrong purchase for a particular wound. There are four main types of materials used with adhesive bandage dressings, including plastic, fabric, foam, and tricot. There are general-purpose bandages and those that need to be applied to specific types of wounds. Browse the extensive selections of bandages and healthcare supplies at Staples to find the right bandages for a well-stocked first aid kit. 

Consider the shape and material
Bandaids are made from different types of non-woven and woven materials. They come in a variety of shapes and sizes. Through the application of bandages, infected wounds, draining wounds, and wounds that require frequent dressing changes remain clean. Select an adhesive bandage that will help keep the wound sanitized for the longest period possible. This helps in reducing further infection. 

Other factors to consider
Some adhesive bandages have to be used with other types of dressings. This may increase the cost of acquiring the two types of dressings. It's imperative to consider the frequency of changing the bandages when one is checking the cost. Another factor that influences the cost of the adhesive bandage is how the dressing affects the wound bed. Those that affect the wound bed may become less cost-effective than those that don't as they will need regular changing. 

Adhesive bandages for different wounds
There are varying adhesive bandages for different purposes. Use the appropriate bandage for a particular wound. For instance, knuckles bandages should be used on wounds on the knuckles. Correspondingly, blisters and cuts would require different bandages. 

Adhesive bandages come in different sizes and shapes and in a variety of materials. Consider packs of adhesive bandages that offer many sizes and shapes to ensure that the appropriate size and shape is available when needed.

Are fabric adhesive bandages better than plastic?
The material of choice depends on the application. Plastic bandages are the most common and affordable. They easily repel water as well as oils. They're not as comfortable as fabric bandages, which are flexible but do not work well in wet conditions.

Is the selection of dressing important?
The kind of dressing used on a wound is crucial for its healing. Using the wrong bandage can worsen the situation, leading to a longer healing period and, at times, even cause more harm to the wound. 

How frequently should you change a wound dressing?
Different types of bandages can remain in place for varying lengths of time. If a fabric bandage gets wet, it should be changed. It's worth noting that the pad is the main feature of any adhesive bandage. It's essential to know if the pad will stick to the wound or not. Most pads have an absorbent lining that is resistant to sticking. If a pad lacks this lining, the bandage might require regular changing.

Do all adhesive bandages have medication to treat infections? 
Some dressing types contain medication that treats infection, while others do not. Those that lack medication can be used hand in hand with infection treatment medication. Some bandaids contain antibacterials to help prevent infections.
Johnson & Johnson Flexible Fabric Premium Adhesive Bandages, 3/4 x 3, 100/Bx
Item #JOJ4434
Model #4434
  • Packaged for individual use and to replenish first aid stations and kits
  • Bandages have extra tough durable fabric
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Nexcare™ Clear Waterproof Adhesive Bandage, 50/Pack
Item #1130887
Model #432-50
  • Waterproof design stays on skin in the bath, shower or pool
  • 360-degree seal around the pad offers exceptional protection against water, dirt, and germs
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Band-Aid 0.75"W x 3"L Plastic Adhesive Bandages, 60/Box (100563554)
Item #513186
Model #100563554
  • Available in beige, these flexible bandages are made with plastic
  • Bandage dimensions: 0.75"W x 3"L
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Band-Aid Variety Pack Assorted Sheer Fabric Adhesive Bandages, 280/Box (47-11)
Item #485107
Model #4711
  • These beige and clear bandages are made of sheer fabric - unique comfort-flex material that moves with your body
  • Kit contains bandages in five different shapes and sizes: 1.75"W x 4"L, 1"W x 3"L, 0.75"W x 3"L, 0.63"W x 2.25"L, and 0.88"W x 0.88"L
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Band-Aid Flexible Fabric 1.75"W x 4"L Adhesive Bandages, 10/Box (5685)
Item #802137
Model #111834100
  • These beige bandages are made of memory-weave flexible fabric that moves with you throughout your day
  • Bandage size: 1.75"W x 4"L
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First Aid Only SmartCompliance 1"W x 3"L Metal Detectable Bandages, 25/Box (FAE-3010)
Item #433967
Model #FAE-3010
  • These blue bandages are ideal for minor cuts, abrasions, and puncture wounds
  • These bandages are made with pliable woven fabric and ventilated to aid in the healing process
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Plastic Adhesive Bandages, 3/4 x 3, 60/Box
Item #JOJ100563500
Model #100563500
  • All-purpose protection for everyday cuts and scrapes
  • Breathable design
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Band-Aid with NEOSPORIN Assorted Sheer Fabric Adhesive Bandages, 20/Box (5570/005711)
Item #507516
Model #5570/005711
  • These beige bandages are made of sheer fabric
  • Kit contains bandages in two sizes: 1"W x 3"L, and 0.75"W x 3"L, 10 of each size
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Band-Aid, Flexible Fabric Tough Strips, 1 x 3-1/4, 20/Box
Item #JOJ4408
Model #4408
  • Band-Aid Brand Flexible Fabric Tough Strips
  • Get relief from a variety of ailments 20 bandages per box
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First Aid Only Assorted Adhesive Bandages, 150/Box (90095)
Item #821482
Model #90095
  • Kit contains plastic and fabric ventilated bandages in beige color
  • Kit contains bandages in three sizes: 0.75"W x 3"L, 0.38"W x 1.5"L, and 0.75"W x 3"L
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