Cleansing is a vital component of wound care. Cleansing a wound helps remove dirt and germs that impair the healing process. Cleansers are solutions used to cleanse a wound. They can be antimicrobial or non-antimicrobial. Antimicrobial agents include antibiotics and antiseptics. Antiseptics are thought to prevent the growth of germs, however inadequate use may interfere with the wound healing process. They include products based on chlorhexidine, povidone-iodine, hydrogen peroxide and potassium permanganate, benzoyl peroxide, hypochlorites and gentian violet. Thus, latest clinical research recommends cleaning most wounds with high quality (drinkable) water, sterile water or saline solutions.
Wound Cleansers or Irrigating Solutions for wounds are non-covered under the Medicare Part B surgical dressing benefit. People with Medicare Part B (beneficiaries) who need to change surgical dressings at their homes and who are not being cared for by a home health agency may have specific types of dressings covered by Medicare. Dressings and supplies need to be considered medically necessary for treatment of a surgical or surgically treated wound. Medicare has guidelines that establish what is considered medically necessary and how often an item can be used
Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). Local Coverage Determination for Surgical Dressings (L33831) [Internet]. 2016 [cited 2017 Apr 30].
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If your insurance does not cover this product, you can purchase it directly from any store. A list of online stores and prices is provided below for your convenience. For updated prices, find it on the internet at https://woundreference.com/app/product?id=1778
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