Abdominal Pads

Latest technology and know-how have influenced the world of medicine and it is evident in the types of products that are flooding the markets today which have enhanced the overall management of patients. Patient comfort and healing are top priorities of manufacturers today and millions of dollars are being spent on research and controlled studies.

Wound care is a prime example of this evolution and we have seen how wound management of patients has improved during the 1980s and 1990s. Focus has been on understanding the woundcare and healing process and providing the right environment for it. Wound care products prepared are based on these factors so that the right type is used for the right wound and at the right time. And the goal is quick healing.

Abdominal pad dressing

An abdominal pad is a good case-in-point of this change and advancement. A thick layer or a barrier, this abdominal pad use is specifically in wound care and burns, usually post-surgery and especially when the exudates are heavy. It has been designed for utmost absorbency and maximizes patient comfort and promotes healing.

There is a vast difference in the kind of abdominal pads available then and now. With time, not only has quality improved but, more importantly, the appropriate abdominal pad use. Today, abdominal pads stand out for their quick absorption rate and strong absorption quality. They are an important part of wound care and designed to keep the wounds dry, reduce risk of infection and play an important role in the healing process.

Absorbent pads

Abdominal pads are highly absorbent pads. The way an abdominal pad dressing is designed is that there is a thick central core on the application side with a thickness of at least one-fourth of an inch. This core is made of soft, highly absorbent material like crepe paper wadding, urethane foam, cotton swabbing, needle-punched rayon or a blend of needle-punched rayon and cotton. The core is intended to collect the fluid exuded from the wound. The pad covering, that is the part which is placed on the wound, includes overlaid layers of tear-free scrim or grid material plus a sheet of polyethylene.

The outer layer of thiswound care absorbent pad has a moisture-resistant barrier which holds all the dampness to prevent wetting of the patient’s clothing or bed covers. The side that is placed on the wound has a smooth exterior and does not stick to the wound, burn or cut.

The outer covering is made slightly wider than the core layer so as to provide marginal edges beyond the core material for better protection. The pads have at least two edges sealed to prevent lint residue and leakage but usually, most manufacturers keep all four edges sealed.

Abdominal pad for wound healing

Because abdominal pads can rapidly wick away fluids they keep the lesion dry. This speeds up the wound healing process. Apart from this, these pads are designed to not allow the fluids to pass back into the wound nor through the outer covering moisture barrier even if the core material becomes saturated. The grid material that is used in the outer as well as inner covering keeps the abdominal pad intact and prevents rupture of the fluid-filled padding.

Types of abdominal dressings

There is a huge market out there for abdominal pads as the requirement for this wound healing product is great. Many wound healing product manufacturers who specialize in bringing out wound care items offer several types of abdominal dressings. The types are created keeping in mind different wound sizes and varying drainage intensity.

Covidien, Medline, Dynarex and Reliamed are some of the top manufacturers of abdominal pads today. Their pads have a fluff-filled absorbent layer and been designed to diffuse liquid throughout the padding. They wick away fluid and disperse the wound exudates cleanly and quickly keeping the skin dry. These abdominal dressings can be classified as per their assorted properties like sterile abdominal pads, non-sterileabdominal dressings, absorbentabdominal dressings, abdominal dressings which are latex-free and non-woven thus, giving the buyer a varied choice.