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10 Best FSA Eligible Wound Care Products

Searching for wound care products that are FSA eligible may seem like a complicated endeavor and it actually might be. With a staggering amount of wound care products on the market, how do you find the right wound care product that is right for you and is FSA eligible and gives you the best return for your healthcare FSA dollars? Well, to help you navigate these seemingly complicated waters we here at HPFY have identified 10 great wound care products that are FSA eligible and may simplify the process for you.

What is an FSA?

It is no secret that healthcare is expensive. There are so many options available, but the one thing they have in common is that the costs seem to always be increasing, deductibles also increase, and those who use their healthcare plans seem to be paying more. A Healthcare FSA (flexible spending account) is often an option offered by employers to employees. So what exactly is a healthcare FSA? Basically, it is a pretax benefit account used to pay for eligible out-of-pocket medical expenses. Some items that can be FSA eligible include:

  • Insurance copayments
  • Deductibles
  • Qualified prescription drugs
  • Insulin
  • Medical devices
  • Medical supplies

This is only a shortlist of eligible FSA medical products, so be sure to research which products are eligible and fit your need and your account. Also, be aware that any money that is deferred into an FSA account during a calendar year is forfeited at the end of that year and the total amount for each year does have a cap. For example, the maximum tax-deferred FSA salary reduction for 2020-2021 is $2750 according to Investopedia.com. So be sure to use it or lose it!!

10 Great FSA Wound Care Products

Wound care is a very common medical necessity and there are numerous FSA-eligible wound care products. So which ones may be right for you? We here at Health Products for You can recommend 10 wound care products that may be right for you and are FSA eligible. They include:

1. Medline Curad Xeroform Sterile Petrolatum Gauze Dressing

The Xeroform dressing of this gauze is fertilized with 3% bismuth tribromophenate for cleaning and medicating wounds. It clings, conforms, and preservatives moisture in order to stop secondary dressings from sticking to wounds or peri-wound skin, minimizing trauma during dressing changes.

2. Medline SilvaSorb Silver Antimicrobial Wound Gel

Formulated with controlled release antimicrobial silver, this gel is great for lightly draining wounds that need an antimicrobial barrier. This self-activating wound gel won’t harm any tissue, while being effective against a wide range of bacteria and fungus and can provide an antimicrobial barrier for up to three days.

 

 

 

3. 3M Durapore Silk Cloth Hypoallergenic Tape

This silk-like tape provides high strength and adhesion with a hypoallergenic adhesive. It adheres great to dry skin while allowing skin to breathe and is non-latex/waterproof. Ideal for securing regular/bulky dressings, tubing, and immobilization, this tape has convenient bi-lateral tearing and adheres with only finger or hand pressure for easy applications

4. Covidien Xeroform Occlusive Petrolatum Gauze Dressing

Available in a variety of sizes, this gauze dressing protects wounds while creating a moist wound bed for optimal healing. It conforms to body contours, making it ideal for both deep and shallow wounds or compression therapy. Saturated with 3% bismuth tribromophenate petrolatum, this dressing offers a non-adherent construction while adding a medicinal component to protect the wound bed and promote healing.

 

 

 

5. Derma Sciences Medihoney Gel Wound and Burn Dressing

This dressing is made up of leptospermum honey and natural gelling agents to maintain a moist environment and promote wound healing. Medihoney dressing gel cleanses and debrides the wound due to a high level of osmolarity and it is this osmatic potential that pulls fluid from deeper tissues to the wound surface. It creates a moist wound environment with a pH level of 3.5-4.5 for optimal healing.

6. Molnlycke Mepilex Border Self-Adherent Foam Dressing

With a wide variety of sizes, this all-in-one foam dressing absorbs and holds exudate therefore creating a moist wound bed. This reduces pain and trauma at the wound site or surrounding skin and can be worn for up to seven days. Ideal for moderate to heavy exuding wounds, it works on the four extrinsic factors (redistributes pressure, reduces friction, redistributes shear, and maintain an optimal micro environment) that can result in pressure ulcers.

 

 

 

7. Medline Optifoam Gentle Silicone Face and Border Dressing

Easily used as a primary or secondary dressing, this dressing features a specially formulated silicone adhesive as well as a foam dressing that keeps the dressing in place and reduces friction/shear. The waterproof outer layer helps to protect the wound while the super absorbent core absorbs and retains fluid for optimal healing. The low profile design increases flexibility and comfort while helping to keep bacteria out and minimize infection.

8. Medline Sterile Alcohol Prep Pads

These soft, absorbent nonwoven pads are saturated with 70% isopropyl alcohol by USP standards. This topical antiseptic reduces bacteria on the skin as well as removing oils and residue from the skin. This makes them ideal for use prior to injections and is intended for use on the body only.

 

 

9. 3M Micropore Surgical Paper Tape

A dependable choice for general purpose taping, this paper tape is thin while being soft and flexible for improved patient comfort. This makes it perfect for repeated applications on fragile skin and elderly patients. It allows moisture to escape while maintaining its adhesion and tears easily to size for quick and easy application. It holds onto damp skin and contains nonwoven Rayon and a pressure sensitive acrylate adhesive.

10. 3M Tegaderm Transparent Film Dressing-Picture Frame Style

Ideal for protecting wound and catheter sites, this dressing may be used as a primary or secondary dressing over acute or chronic wounds. The transparent dressing is made from a hypoallergenic, non-latex adhesive and the transparent frame allows for quick and easy placement while being gentle on the skin yet strong enough to hold catheters and other devices in place. It is conformable and flexible for greater comfort and is waterproof to allow the patient to shower. The optional write on label allows for accurate dressing changes while providing a sterile barrier against bacteria and viruses.
 

Using a healthcare FSA can be a smart economical option as long as you maximize each of your healthcare FSA dollars. Be sure to verify what wound care products are eligible, meet your needs, and make sure you use your allotted dollars in the timeframe required before they are forfeited. Remember, they are your dollars so be sure to use them or lose them!!

 

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