Infection Control & First Aid Blog

For Cuts, Scrapes or Burns Use Antibiotic Ointments

[fa icon="calendar"] 10/7/16 9:13 AM / by Jill Tilton

When you go through the cabinets at work with all of the first aid items, and you are either looking for something to help relieve pain – or taking stock of inventory, it is sometimes overwhelming with all of the products that are available on the market. The question that many do not know is when to use a Single Antibiotic Ointment with Bacitracin or Neomycin; or jump to the next level up and use a Triple Antibiotic Ointment that contains Bacitracin Zinc, Neomycin Sulfate and Polymyxin-B Sulfate.

What is the Difference?

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Triple antibiotic is widely used general prevention for infection on minor cuts before and infection develops. This is why it sometimes referred to as first aid ointment. Because it is useful against both gram-positive and gram-negative bacteria, can also be used when the type of infection already present isn’t known.

Bacitracin is more effectively used as a topical medication for specific bacterial skin infections like streptococcus (Skin strep symptoms include severe pain and swelling, and erythema or redness at the treatment site and in extreme cases necrotizing fasciitis) and staphylococcus (Skin staph symptoms include localized collection of pus, possible abscess or boil, wound area painful to touch. Pus drainage is common as well) When the type of infection is known it is best to use the narrowest-spectrum antibiotic. Additionally gram-positive antibiotics with have no effect in gram-negative infections. (

When Should You Use These Products?

Generally, a Single or Triple Antibiotic Ointment is prescribed to prevent infection and the spread of harmful bacteria. These products will help aid in the healing of minor cuts, scrapes and burns. The best part about the Safetec brand of products for use is that they come in single use packets. They will easily fit in a first aid kit in your office, a purse, bag, hospital, in workshops and while you are on the go.

Want to Purchase or Distribute our Antibiotic Ointments?

Give Safetec of America a call today to speak with one of our account managers and we will get you setup with a distributor or get your application going to become a distributor.



Topics: Safetec Products, Antibiotic

Jill Tilton

Written by Jill Tilton

As the Digital Marketing Strategist, Jill works on strengthening the Safetec website and brand. She optimizes the website to its peak potential and suggests different marketing techniques to bring in qualified leads to the sales team. She also works with online marketplaces such as Amazon, ESP, and ThomasNet to generate additional revenue. In her off time, Jill enjoys spending time with her family.