Road Rash Update: Road Rash Repair Kit First Impressions

Well lucky me. I was the first to take a bad spill on the team, so I have the pleasure of putting the Road Rash Repair Kit to the test. I know, I know, I am always taking one for the team!!! HA! If you haven’t already read, I took at bad spill at the Bonelli XC race this past sunday.

I think this might scar, whadya think?

We received this Kit a few months ago. Here’s the contents:

Kit Contents:

2 4X4 Reliamed ® beveled edge hydrocolloid dressings
Superior fluid absorption when compared to competitive dressings.
Hibiclens ® antiseptic antimicrobial skin cleanser
Hospital-grade disinfectant soap.
4 4X4 Reliamed ® sterile, non-woven surgical sponges
Hospital-grade sponges for wound cleaning and absorbing wound exudate.
8 inches (relaxed) Surgilast ® size 4 tubular elastic bandage
Secures dressings on arm without use of adhesive tape.
8 inches (relaxed) Surgilast ® size 5 tubular elastic bandage
Secures dressings on leg without use of adhesive tape. Can also be used on arm.
10 yards X 1-inch Reliamed ® hypoallergenic plastic tape
Prevents skin reactions in most people.
Road rash treatment instructions

The Road Rash Repair Kit revolutionizes treatment of road rash with hydrocolloid dressings for moist wound healing. Hydrocolloids are wound dressings that contain gel-forming agents. These agents are combined with elastomers (synthetic rubber) and applied to a carrier, such as polyurethane foam or film, to form an absorbent, self-adhesive, water resistant wafer. For most people, hydrocolloid dressings produce healthy, pink skin in days instead of weeks, reduce risk of infection, and bypass the pain and scabbing stage. Used as directed, they change your road rash experience from misery to a mere nuisance.

The patch before I remove it. Can you see the oozing at the bottom? Yep, lots of oozing.

Well I had never heard of this moist wound healing, so I am really excited to see how this is going to work. I am on day 4 of healing and I have to say I was rather surprised at the healing thus far. I had to remove the hydrocolloid dressing last night and replace it with a fresh one. Here is a snap shot of the removal process. Ouch is all I gots to say! Warning. These pictures are not for the squeamish! I highly advise against eating as you view these!

This was as painful as it looks! I don’t know what was worse. The ripping out of my arm hair as I pulled off the dressing or the separation from the wound! Yikes!

All cleaned up and not too bad. All that pink skin is good. The little puss filled nodule has me a little concerned though. We’ll have to see. But I love that this may bypass the scabbing stage. Oh how I hate scabbing. It’s itchy, and rough, and if you’re a picker you’ll make it scar!

And here is a shot of my leg. I am not using the Road Rash Kit on my leg. Right now the leg is scabbing up and is itchy. 🙁

Upper leg boo boo. More itchy scabbing.

I am not sure how this will turn out but I am optimistic so far about the results of the Road Rash Healing on my arm. I am impressed with the new skin growth and I like that the boo boo is protected. I am even able to shower with the bandage on. I didn’t really care for all the oozing out of the bandage the first few days, which is to be expected. It sure was messy and gross. But I haven’t experienced that since I changed out the bandage last night. Stay tuned for more updates and photos as the days go on. 🙂 Lovely, eh?