7 Myths about plasters that could be damaging to your child’s health
We debunk some common myths surrounding plasters and wound-care
Although most people would readily agree that treating a child’s cut or scrape with a plaster is a critical part of responsible wound care, the rumour mill is constantly churning. There seems to be an ever expanding list of myths and old wives’ tales surrounding plasters and appropriate wound-care; many of which, if heeded, could impede your child’s, or indeed your own, wound healing.
Here, we explore some of the most common myths about plasters and first-aid care, and draw on extensive research and fact-based evidence to help you separate the facts from the fiction.
Myth #1: A wound will heal better if exposed to the air instead of covering it with a plaster
Truth: A plaster will prevent the wound from being exposed to infection. A minor wound will heal better and faster when covered by a plaster.
This seems to be one of the most widely believed myths surrounding first-aid and wound care. The old wives’ tale that a wound will heal quicker when allowed to ‘air out’ is completely unfounded and extensive research has proven this belief to be untrue.
An uncovered wound has no protective barrier to protect against dirt and bacteria coming in contact with the skin, which can lead to infection. Without the protection of a plaster, the wound quickly dries out and eventually forms a scab. This is not a good thing; Scabs impede the healing process by creating a barrier between healthy skin cells. The cells have to work their way under the scab, in order to form new tissue and heal.
When the body forms a scab, it’s nature’s way of protecting your wound against germs. However, scabs can be scratched or torn causing infection or re-injury that prolongs healing. Scabs formed from leaving a wound uncovered can often result in unwanted, permanent scarring.
Outcome: For less chance of scarring and efficient healing, cover your minor wounds with quality plasters to promote faster healing and prevent infection.
Myth #2: Adults in a childcare setting can’t put plasters on children’s cuts.
Truth: There is no health and safety regulation which bans the provision of plasters. In fact, HSE’s own guidance recommends that a first aid box should stock plasters.
This persistent myth has led to many teachers, volunteers, crèche workers and carers who work with children, questioning their wound-care methods and the contents of their first-aid box.
When an emergency arises, and a child has had the misfortune of acquiring a minor cut or scrape amid the rough and tumble of play activity, the last thing a teacher or care-worker needs to be confronted with is a quandary about the health and safety regulations regarding the provision of plasters; especially with dozens of other children demanding care and attention.
There is no rule that says a responsible adult can’t put a plaster on a child’s minor cut or scrape. It is true, of course, that some children may be allergic to some types of plaster, which is why it is very important to use a high quality plaster. Most children’s plasters are skin friendly and hypoallergenic, because they’re scientifically designed with children’s delicate skin in mind.
If you know the child to have allergies, or fear they may be allergic to plasters, a hypoallergenic plaster suitable for sensitive skin should be included in your First-Aid kit. The most important course of action is to clean and cover the wound to stop it getting infected.
What the experts say: According to a case study compiled by Marlin (a first-aid and health and safety training and consultancy company), failure to treat a wound properly could lead to far more serious ramifications.
Marlin Case Study:
A child grazed her knee on the playground at school. The school did not use plasters, since they had been advised not to. The child was treated bv a lunch-time supervisor - using water and a paper towel to bathe the wound - and then sent back out to play.
Two days later, the child was admitted to hospital with septicaemia (blood infection). The bacteria had entered the child’s body through the uncovered wound.
Frank Sparks, Health and Safety Officer in the Education Department of Birmingham City Council said on this matter, “Plasters are required to be carried by law in first aid kits (HSE FAW guidelines 1997). They cover wounds, preventing infection. If a child is allergic to a plaster, the worst that can happen is a slight rash may occur. This is not a problem and staff should not be afraid of this. Anyway, staff in schools and nurseries have medical forms for children in their care, so should be aware of children who are allergic to plasters. In this case they can use hypoallergenic plasters if they wish.”
According to the MIR, ‘Medical Indemnity Register’, failure to treat a simple cut by the recognised methods could easily be construed as a failure in duty of care.”
Outcome: Always have a well stocked First-Aid kit with a healthy selection of plasters, including hypoallergenic skin-friendly plasters to treat those with sensitive skin.
Myth #3: When treating a wound, you should keep it as dry as possible
Truth: This is false. Cells can’t repair themselves in a dry environment.
Moist skin heals fastest because the task of healing a wound requires the activity of cells. Cells cannot function in a dry environment. They need moisture to do their repair work.
As the wound dries out, it begins to crust, forming a scab and causing the cells to work harder to repair the injury. The key to healing a cut is maintaining the right amount of moisture. Keeping the cut covered with a bandage and adding a medicated ointment will ensure it stays moist. Using a high quality plaster is very important in order to prevent the wound from becoming infected and to promote faster and healthier healing.
Outcome: Plasters that absorb a wound’s fluids and maintain a natural moisture balance are ideal for healing. Skin cells are then able to migrate seamlessly — without drying out and developing into a scab — to form new, smooth tissue.
Taking it Off
Myth #4: The best way to rip a plaster off is in one quick pull.
Truth: Slow and steady wins the race!
It's actually better to pull the bandage off in a slow fluid motion, and in the direction of natural hair growth. If the bandage is difficult to remove, dab the edges with baby oil to allow the bandage to lift off with ease. Ripping the bandage off ineptly could cause the wound to reopen and may even lead to painful in-grown hairs if ripped off in the opposite direction of natural hair growth.
Myth #5: Plasters are a breeding ground for germs
Truth: Quite the opposite. Plasters defend against germs.
Plasters act as a shield, protecting external germs from reaching the wound. This protective barrier protects the wound against harmful bacteria that could reach the wound and cause infection, or enter the body through the uncovered wound and lead to serious infections such as septicaemia (blood infection).
Dr. Pat Gilbert, Doctor and Author, focusing on child health issues, with experience in community paediatrics, said on this issue: “Open cuts should certainly be covered with a plaster, after thoroughly washing, to control any bleeding and stop dirt or any infection entering the wound. It is difficult to see how plasters can collect ‘germs’ – and anyway, if they do, better on the plaster than on the open wound!”
It is important to choose a high quality plaster which will provide long lasting, reliable adhesion and enable optimal healing conditions for your wound, whilst protecting it from harmful external influences. Choose a plaster with a breathable fabric that will protect wounds from infection, while providing ventilation, allowing skin to breath and the air to reach the wound, such as Medicare Multipore Plasters.
If you need to protect your wound from water, as well as dirt and other harmful bacteria, choose a high quality waterproof plaster like the Medicare Waterproof Plasters.
Myth #6: The deeper the wound, the greater the pain
Truth: If you’ve ever had a teeny tiny paper cut that you can barely notice, but boy, can you feel it, you’ll know that this is a myth!
It’s easy to assume that a wound would be more painful, the deeper it goes. In reality, however, the opposite could well be the case. Due to the large number of nerve fibres located just under the top layer of our skin (the epidermis), burns or superficial abrasions will often cause more pain than a larger wound, like a deep gash or knife wound that might happen when working in the kitchen or workshop.
Myth #7 Seawater is a natural antiseptic and will clean and disinfect your wound
Truth: Quite the opposite can be true, in fact.
What many people do not consider is that sea water may be severely contaminated, especially near coast stretches - with a variety of highly unsavoury germs or chemicals "swimming" in it. Both of which would contribute significantly to the risk of an infection and can delay wound healing. In addition, contact with water will swell the skin, which may affect the process of wound closure. In this case, bacteria and germs may easily enter the wound and the risk of wound infection would be increased even more.
Caution: any deep puncture wounds or cuts that bleed severely, or shows any signs of infection should always be cared for by a doctor. If you are unsure about your injury, please seek medical advice.
Medicare is a market leading health care brand, looking after all your needs in First Aid, Wound Care, and Sport Care. Our aim is to provide you with the most comprehensive range of products, of the highest quality and value for money. The extensive Medicare Wound Care range has been developed with your comfort in mind; from Wound Wash Spray, to Foam Dressing; whatever your Wound Care needs, we have the solution.
Bring on the Games!
MEDICARE® SPONSOR SPECIAL OLYMPICS IRELAND
FOR THE 2014 GAMES
Fleming Medical are delighted to be partnering with Special Olympics Ireland under the medicare® brand for the 2014 games.
The 2014 Special Olympics Games will kick off this evening, Thursday June 12th, from 6pm, when 2,000 athletes and coaches will convene in Limerick City for the official opening ceremony in the People’s Park.
Fleming Medical, a medical devices supplier based on the Dock Road in Limerick City, will support the Games through the provision of medical supplies, a necessary requirement to support the 1,500 athletes attending the 2014 Special Olympics Games.
As part of the partnership, Fleming Medical will provide medicare® first aid and medical supplies, as well as medical equipment to support the healthy athlete programme which runs as part of the 2014 Games.
Mark Fleming, MD of Fleming Medical says, “As a Limerick company we are delighted to be partnering Special Olympics Ireland for the 2014 games being held here in Limerick. As an industry leading provider of medicare® First Aid equipment with a comprehensive range of medicare® Sport supports, the synergy that drives this sponsorship is clear. The team at Fleming Medical are delighted and proud to be associated with such a positive sporting occasion”.
Matt English, CEO of Special Olympics Ireland, described the support of Fleming Medical, under the medicare® brand, as a critical part of ensuring the 2014 Games are a success: “We are delighted that medicare® has come on board as a key medical devices partner for the Special Olympics Ireland Games Limerick 2014. Medical Services are a vital part of these Games in terms of ensuring that the appropriate level of first aid and medical care is provided for all of our athletes. The key support from Fleming Medical will be an essential component in ensuring the success of these Games.”
Taking place over four days from Thursday, June 12th to Sunday June 15th, the Games are set to be the highlight of the Limerick sporting calendar for 2014. In what will be one of the largest and most prestigious sporting events to take place in Ireland this year, the city of Limerick will welcome 1,500 Special Olympics athletes, accompanied by 500 coaches and official delegates as well as a contingent of over 3,000 family members. The Games will be supported by a team of 3,000 volunteers.
An exciting and colourful public street parade is expected to attract thousands of supporters in celebration of the return of Special Olympics Ireland to Limerick. The parade will be accompanied by the Special Olympics Torch Run Team, members of the Defence Forces, marching bands and street performers.
Torch bearers drawn from An Garda Síochána and the PSNI will herald the official opening of the Games.
Thousands of supporters are anticipated to line the streets of Limerick, to greet the parade and welcome the athletes with pride.
The parade will begin at Shannon Street and progress along O’Connell Street, before making its way up to the People’s Park for the ticketed event which will be presented by 2FM DJ, Will Leahy, and feature traditional music act, Kila, among others. This parade will kick-start three wonderful days of sports competition and celebration in the heart of Limerick and inspire and engage Special Olympics Ireland athletes, their families, supporters, sponsors, patrons, volunteers and the people of Limerick city, county and further afield.
As well as being the main residential centre, the University of Limerick will host the athletics, aquatics, basketball, football, gymnastics, kayaking competitions and the non-competitive motor activities training programme.
Across the city, the Tailteann Sports Centre, Mary Immaculate College, will host the badminton, and table tennis while the Delta Sports Dome will host bocce. The equestrian competition will take place in Clonshire Equestrian Centre.
Ennis Leisure World will host the tenpin bowling while Murroe Pitch and Putt and Ballykisteen Golf Club in Tipperary will host the pitch and putt and golf competitions respectively. Meanwhile, Dell and Special Olympics Ireland have teamed up to design a free smartphone app to support the Games. Matt English joined the Dell team this Tuesday to unveil the details of the app. Also in attendance were athlete and Face of the Limerick Games Christine Delaney and Munster and Ireland rugby legend David Wallace.
About Special Olympics Ireland:
Special Olympics Ireland is a sports organisation for people with an intellectual disability, but it provides athletes with far more than the physical benefits of sport. Special Olympics changes lives. Through sport, athletes develop both physically and emotionally, they make new friends, realise their dreams, and know they can fit in. Special Olympics Ireland enables our athletes to achieve and win not only in sport but in life too.
Special Olympics Ireland currently has: 9,223 registered athletes participating in 13 sports in 385 clubs throughout the island of Ireland.
For further information about Special Olympics Ireland please visit:
It started with a Twinge....
We’ve all been there. The back, shoulder, arm or leg all working as they should, until . . .
Thousands sport Kiss Them Better wrist bands
THOUSANDS of females – and a welcome smattering of cross-dressing males – ran, walked, jogged, wheeled and wobbled through the streets of Dublin this Bank Holiday Monday, for the Flora Women’s Mini Marathon.
Flora Women's Mini Marathon is the biggest all women's event of its kind in the world. Last year, the annual event raised more than €12 million for 700 charities, and this year, it looks set to deliver beyond that target.
Over 43,000 participants crossed the finishing line on Monday, their running times as diverse as their ages and abilities, with everyone from the seasoned runner to the complete novice, to wheelchair users proudly taking part to raise some much needed funds for their respective charities.
Kiss Them Better Wristbands
Ireland’s leading medical supplies brand, Medicare® also joined in the race, supporting Temple Street by helping raise vital funds for life saving equipment for sick children. Each of the 43,000 ladies participating in the mini-marathon received a Medicare® Kiss Them Better wrist band in their ‘Goody Bag’. The wristbands were a big hit at the marathon, with thousands of women sporting the stylish purple bracelets, featuring the Kiss Them Better logo.
The Kiss Them Better campaign is a joint initiative between Temple Street Children's Hospital and Medicare®, Ireland’s leading provider of family first aid.
Temple Street urgently need to raise over €100,000 to provide crucial facilities and equipment in the children’s hospital. Highly specialised incubators for premature and seriously ill infants, high spec monitoring equipment and respiratory machines to help babies keep breathing, are just some of the essential life-saving equipment urgently needed at Temple Street.
The Kiss Them Better campaign, now in its second year, sees a donation made by Fleming Medical to Temple Street Children’s Hospital, for every time a pharmacy cash register rings a sale of Medicare® plasters. Thanks to Medicare® Plasters, Pharmacies nationwide and public support, over €20,000 has been raised for Temple Street Children’s Hospital, to date.
If you would like to support Temple Street Children's Hospital, while keeping your First-Aid Kit well stocked with quality plasters for those unexpected knocks and scrapes, you can purchase a box of Medicare® plasters here , or at your local participating pharmacy.
Fleming Medical donate to the Med Shed
“This year marks Barretstown’s 20th anniversary and I want to thank you - Fleming Medical
- most sincerely for the medical support you have provided over the years.”
- Barretstown Nursing Director, Eimear Kinsella.
We, at Fleming Medical, were thrilled to offer our support and supplies to the Med Shed at Barretstown Children’s Camp.
Located at Barretstown Castle, Co. Kildare, Ireland, this special non-profit Children’s Camp is run by volunteers whose mission is to help to rebuild the lives of children affected by cancer and other serious illness.
Barretstown was founded in 1994 by Hollywood actor, Paul Newman, and is modelled on his renowned ‘Hole in the Wall Gang Camp’ in Connecticut, USA.
The residential children’s Summer camp is a place where kids and teenagers – from seven to seventeen – who have been diagnosed with a serious illness, can go to have fun, make friends, stop seeing themselves as ‘sick kids’, and still get the medical attention they need.
The Barretstown’s medical centre, the Med Shed, is a discrete and friendly medical presence at Barretstown.
Looking very far removed from a typical hospital, the medical centre is housed in a beautifully restored stone cottage, overlooking the tranquil ‘secret garden’, and is under the direction of the Clinical Nurse Manager, Senior Nurse and Medical Director.
It is vitally important that the Med Shed is fully equipped with the necessary routine and emergency procedures and we, at Fleming Medical, were delighted to make a contribution.
In a note to Fleming Medical’s Managing Director, Mark Fleming, Barretstown Nursing Director, Eimear Kinsella, said: “Thank you so much for your ongoing support to Barretstown, and in particular the Med Shed. The 2014 camp season has begun with our spring family camps. This year, we hope to welcome over 3,700 children and family members to camp and through our hospital outreach programme.”
She adds: “This year marks Barretstown’s 20th anniversary and I want to thank you most sincerely for the medical support you have provided over the years.”
We, at Fleming Medical, a medical device company based in Limerick, feel privileged to lend our support, and hope that our donation will help to make a difference to this wonderful charity and the brave children it works so tirelessly to help.
Barretstown is a break from hospitals and white coats and a chance for sick children to be children again: to have fun, to make new friends and create new memories – all within the beautiful and magical setting of Barretstown castle in the Kildare countryside.
As a serious illness in childhood affects the entire family, Barretstown offers a range of camps to cater for all family members. Click here to learn more.
Fleming Medical visits Schiller in Switzerland
Fleming Medical was recently invited to the renowned Swiss town of Lucerne where Schiller hosted a three day pan-European Sales Training seminar at their European Head Quarters. Fleming Medical was represented by Healthcare Executives, Ger Tierney and Dermot Clune. The training was aimed at further boosting our sales capabilities in meeting and exceeding our customer’s needs and incorporated the complete range of Schiller’s excellent product portfolio.
Representatives from each company were encouraged to share their own market knowledge and successes and Dermot and Ger shared the process and work behind securing the National HSE Tender for resting ECG’s.
During the three days Dermot and Ger were treated to a guided tour of the Schiller facility with the Operational Sales Director who provided them with a detailed insight into the quality and care that goes into creating each Schiller product. Teams of highly qualified staff work towards ensuring that each unit meets exacting Swiss standards.
Ger Tierney commented on completing the training: “I felt that it was a great learning environment that broadened my knowledge and I believe it will benefit our business and customers”. Dermot Clune added: “Having seen the care and quality that is applied in the making of each Schiller product, we can continue to take confidence in selling these products to our Fleming Medical customers”.
MEDICARE® SPONSORS SPECIAL OLYMPICS IRELAND FOR THE 2014 GAMES
WHICH WILL TAKE PLACE IN LIMERICK FROM 12TH - 15TH JUNE
20,000 reasons to celebrate the first anniversary of ‘Kiss them better’ campaign
Conor Murray at Temple Street Children's Hospital, marking the 1st anniversary of the Medicare® Plasters 'Kiss them Better' campaign, March 2014
Medicare® Plasters is back ‘kissing them better’ with Temple Street Children’s Hospital in 2014. Thanks to Medicare® Plasters, Pharmacies nationwide and with your support we have raised €20,000 to date which is going towards buying vital and essential medical equipment for Temple Street Children’s Hospital such as ECG machines and Patient Monitors. Following this successful first year Medicare® Plasters are proud to continue to partner the ‘Kiss Them Better’ campaign for another year!
Conor Murray at Temple Street Children's Hospital
Support 'Kiss them Better' First Anniversary, March 2014
Conor Murray supporting 'Kiss them Better' at Temple Street Children's Hospital
Fleming Medical Goes Global at the Arab Health Show in Dubai
For a second time Fleming Medical was rubbing shoulders with Global industry leaders, distributors and international visitors at the Arab Health exhibition & congress in Dubai
L to R: Rashed Ghafoor, Area Sales Manager UK, Mark Fleming, MD &
Keith Sheridan, Export/Key Account Manager
Fleming Medical stand at the Arab Health Show, February 2014
Fleming Medical & Limerick GAA
Fleming Medical under the Medicare brand, are proud to announce its new and exciting partnership with all the Limerick teams in both Hurling and Football by sponsoring the first aid care of the players.
There is nothing like the sound of the slither kissing the hurl on a fine summer’s day in any county across Ireland. Or the roar of the spectators as the football is thrown in to mark the start of yet another pulsating game. Such are the highs and lows of a season well spent on any GAA pitch up and down the country that welcomes local communities to indulge in the national obsession of the sport of GAA. And there is nowhere more passionate about its sporting life than Limerick GAA with its 67 Clubs, 12,600 members and 8,400 Players.
Keeping players safe from injury is a crucial part of any team strategy but we all know that from time to time ‘accidents’ and ‘incidents’ happen and a quick response from team doctors and physiotherapists is as important as any game tactic.
To this end, Fleming Medical under the Medicare® brand, are proud to announce its new and exciting partnership with all the Limerick teams in both Hurling and Football by sponsoring the first aid care of the players.
In doing this Medicare® will be the official supplier of all medical & first aid supplies for Limerick GAA this year. This is a special sponsorship for Fleming Medical as we at Fleming Medical have been part of the local community in Limerick for the past 27 years, creating and supporting local enterprise as a proud Limerick company.
The GAA sporting synergy of local and Irish is a great fit for Fleming Medical and together we look forward to an exciting year of competitive games where Limerick and Fleming Medical are the winners.
Front Row L to R: Donal Morrissey, County Board Tresurer, Limerick GAA, Teresa McHugh, Operations Manager, Fleming Medical, Elaine Rowlands FM,
Back Row R to L: John Culbert FM, Gavin O'Mahony, Limerick Hurler, Ger Tierney FM, Sean Buckley Limerick SF Captain, Donal O'Grady, Limerick SH Captain,
Declan Hannon, Limerick SH, Fiona Connelly FM, Mark Fleming, MD Fleming Medical, John Loftus, Comerical Manager Limerick GAA, Geraldine Brien FM