Dressings & Plasters

Health and safety is a key priority in any work environment. Our range of dressings and plasters ensure that minor wounds and injuries can be treated quickly and effectively, preventing infection and keeping the person at work. Here at Cromwell, we offer dressings and plasters from MediKit® and Reliance Medical®, leading names in the first aid industry.

What are dressings and plasters?

Dressings, including wound and burn dressings, bandages, eye pads and finger bobs are designed to support an injured area by shielding it from infection and absorbing any moisture from the wound. Plasters are smaller adhesive dressings that sterilise a wound and absorb light bleeding, preventing infection.

Why dressings and plasters?

Dressings and plasters are a crucial addition in any first-aid kit. Small injuries and wounds can occur very often at work, especially in manual industries, therefore dressings and plasters need to be consistently available. They provide a cheap, easy and effective solution for treating wounds at work and maintaining a healthy workforce. Our dressings and plasters are incredibly versatile, treating all from burns to scratches, sprains, eye wounds and finger injuries. Without the need to go to hospital, dressings and plasters help a wound to heal on its own by preventing infection and forming clots to stem bleeding. They are incredibly efficient in this sense, saving expense and ensuring an injured worker can remain at work.

Dressing and plaster types

There are number of different types of dressing and plaster. They are all suited to different injuries and environments.

Bandages   -   Bandages are ideal for providing gentle support to muscle injuries, helping the body to heal more quickly. They are also a sterile dressing to apply pressure on a wound, stemming bleeding. They come in various sizes for different body parts.

Burn Dressings   -   Burn dressings are specifically built to treat burns, helping to alleviate pain and lower the temperature of the skin to help the patient remain calm before a hospital visit. They often contain cooling gel to achieve this, while the bandage absorbs any moisture and stops the wound from being exposed to the open air.

Plasters   -   Plasters are a lightweight adhesive used to treat small scratches and wounds on the body. They apply pressure to a wound, stemming bleeding and preventing infection. Incredibly versatile, plasters are a mainstay in any first aid kit.

Eye Pads   -   Eye pads are specifically designed for wounds and injuries to the eye, helping to absorb any moisture and provide a gentle protective layer over the wound. The pad is thick and comfortable, providing peace of mind to the patient on a sensitive area of the body. They often have low levels of adhesion, ensuring that the pad does not get stuck and is easy to remove.

Considerations when choosing a dressing or plaster

• Seriousness of injury - Consider the seriousness of an injury before choosing a dressing or plaster. First-aid kits with dressings and plasters are ideal for treating minor muscle injuries, wounds and burns, but moderate to major injuries should be handled at a hospital.

• Location of injury - Dressings and plasters are versatile and can be used on most places on the body. However, care should be taken to ensure that an injury is dealt with properly, especially in sensitive areas.

• Coverage - Think about the size of the injury or wound, and whether a plaster or bandages will suffice to cover it. It's crucial that a wound is completely sealed to prevent infection.

Dressings and plasters jargon buster

We want to make it easy for you, so here are some key terms that will help you understand the range and applications a little better.

What does hypoallergenic mean?

Hypoallergenic means that something is less likely to cause an allergic reaction. In the context of dressings and plasters, there are various products that are hypoallergenic, making them generally safer and less likely to cause any adverse allergic effects.


Do you sell waterproof plasters?

At Cromwell, we offer waterproof and washproof plasters. They are ideal for injuries which may take longer to heal, as it is likely that the plaster will come into contact with water. Waterproof plasters retain their adhesive strength and coverage even when rained on or washed.

How often should I change my dressing or plaster?

In order to keep the dressing or plaster fresh and the wound healing at a quick rate, you should change it every day. Thankfully, Cromwell's range includes large packs to replenish the first-aid kit.