When a burn occurs, seconds count. Water-Jel products are effective, versatile and approved for emergency first aid burn treatment in a pre-hospital setting. Water-Jel products are consistent with both wet and dry burn treatment protocols since they stop the burning process, cool the burned area, relieve pain, prevent further injury and do not contribute to hypothermia or interfere with debridement (removal of damaged tissue or foreign objects from a wound). There are no active ingredients, and the water-soluble gel can be easily washed off at a hospital or burn center.
Water-Jel is scientifically designed to draw the heat out of a burn. The heat energy is spread over the whole gel surface because the material conforms to the uneven burn surface. At the outer surface of the gel, the heat is released by transfer into the air. The buffer effect of the Water-Jel layer leads to rapid heat transfer out of the burn wound without losing temperature around the area of usage.
Water-Jel is primarily composed of deionized water, thickened to help it stay in place, and a small amount of Tea Tree Oil, a natural bacteriostatic. Ingredients are listed on the package along with a Total Body Surface Area (TBSA, illustrated in fig. 1) percent guide for adults and children according to the size of the dressing. Water-Jel Sterile Burn Dressings, Fire Blankets and gel are safe in the eyes and mucous membranes. Water-Jel bears a five-year shelf life from date of manufacture, even at temperatures up to 160 degrees Fahrenheit.
Providing emergency burn treatment is never easy. But when seconds count, having Water-Jel products in convenient locations will go a long way in easing the pressure of the moment, as well as the burn victim’s injury and pain.