In layman’s terms, gauze is a loose piece of open fabric with an open weave. It is an indispensable part of wound care. Majorly made of cotton, many gauzes are impregnated with solutions that help in wound healing. They help in shielding the wound and preventing the wound from any harm or infections. There are two major bifurcations of gauzes, woven and non-woven dressings. Woven gauze dressings are made of cotton and have an open weave. They are responsible for debridement, absorption, and cleaning of debris and necrotic tissue. Non-woven gauze dressings are made of synthetic fibers pressed together to resemble a weave. They are used when secure padding is needed. At Shop Wound Care, we have a wide range of medical gauzes from top selling brands such as Covidien, Medline, McKesson, etc.

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Types of Gauzes

  • Impregnated Gauze - Dabbed in a solution that helps clean and disinfect wounds 

  • Wrapping Gauze - Used to secure a wound and shield it from contamination 

  • Sponge Gauze - A square shaped gauze used for wound dressings 

  • Anti-Microbial Gauze - Keeps microbes away and prevents infections 

  • Conforming Gauze - Can be shaped, stretched, and twisted in any shape 

  • Drain Gauze - Used to collect exudate and necrotic tissue 

  • Bordered Gauze - Comes with pre-attached medical tapes to easily secure around the wound

Types of Gauze Products

  • Abdominal Pads - Abdominal pads are used to dress large wounds since they have a great padded surface and excellent absorbency. They come in both sterile and non-sterile options and are the perfect choice for ostomies, surgical wounds, and large gashes.

  • Drain and IV Sponges - Drain and IV sponges have a hole in the middle that allows the dressing to snugly fit around a tube or catheter. They are mostly used with ostomy related wounds and incisions.

  • Eye Pads - Eye pads are similar to eye patches and work to protect the eye from contamination and infections. They are used for wounds such as conjunctivitis, cataracts, glaucoma, etc. 

  • Gauze Pads - Gauze pads are small pads made up of open weave and are an important part of first aid kits. They are used for small wounds and wounds with continuous minor seepage of exudate.

  • Gauze Sponges - Gauze sponges are not sponges per se, but are cut out square pieces of gauze that are used for wounds such as lacerations and punctures. They have good absorbency and can be used as cushions that protect the wound.

  • Gauze Rolls - One of the most common household medical product, gauze rolls are long rolls of gauze dressings with an open weave. They are the go to option for basic wound dressing at home. They have moderate absorbency and great shielding capacity.

  • Packing Strips - Packing strips are small strips of gauze that are used to pack and seal a wound. Empty cavities in wounds can be breeding grounds for infections and can also allow pooling of exudate. Packing the wound and then dressing it, expedites the healing process.