First Aid For The Modern Age

Advanced Healing Strip
First aid has gone hi-tech. Gone are the days when the only choices for cuts and bruises were an adhesive bandage and ice-pack.

The Saturday Early Show Health Correspondent Dr. Emily Senay has a roundup of the latest products that can be found at the local drug store.

Dr. Senay says there are definitely a lot more options in wound care. Products that once were only used in hospitals are now available over the counter for consumers.


In some hospitals, a glue known as Dermabond is used instead of stitches. Band-Aid's Liquid Bandages are very similar to that. A regular adhesive bandage just covers and protects a wound. The Liquid Bandage also aids in the healing process.

Another plus to this product is that users can apply it to places such as the hand where regular bandages don't always stick. This liquid bandage is not the first on the market, but the first that has FDA approval.

It works by squeezing the liquid bandage onto the foam end of the activator. Then apply it to the wound, making sure to completely cover it.

These bandages are expensive. A pack of 10 applications cost about $8. The average price for regular bandages is about $3 for 20 strips.

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These pads would be used for a minor wound with bleeding. It's coated with a clotting agent known as calcium aginate which is designed to stop the bleeding twice as fast.

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For very serious scars, some people turn to plastic surgery. These are not for those type of scars; rather, for less noticeable ones. For years, pharmacists have recommended people use cocoa butter and vitamin E to reduce the appearance of these scars. The manufacturer claims these cosmetic pads have a similar effect. People can use it much like a traditional adhesive bandage, again making sure to cover the entire scar.

The manufacturer says results can be seen after 8 weeks.

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Americool Liquid Ice is getting a lot of attention right now. It's just won the most innovative new product award from DuPont. And some may remember the recent World Cup Soccer games where the German team used this product. It's designed to ice-down sore muscles. Liquid Ice uses mentholated fluids. It brings down the temperature of the area injured by as much as 15 F and can stay cold for two hours. The best part is that it's reusable. It can get 40 uses for about $40.

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Finally, this product relaxes tight muscles. When the packet is open, it immediately starts to heat up and will reach about 104 F in about 30 minutes and it stays warm for about 8 hours.

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