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Wound Packing Strips are used for packing the wound and absorbing the wound drainage. They can be used for boils, fistulas, abscesses, nasal or sinus packing, and many other draining or tunneling wounds. While choosing a type of medical packing strip, it is important to consider its width and length. The size should match the thickness and depth of the wound or be big enough to completely pack the wound.

Types of Wound Packing Strips

Two of the most common types of wound packing strips are the plain and the iodoform packing strips. They are described below:

Plain Packing Strips

Plain packing strips for wounds are either used dry to absorb wound exudate or are soaked in a medication of choice. They need a secondary dressing to hold them in place and protect the wound from external contaminants. They usually come packed in a bottle so that they are kept clean and tangle-free. Their end is always located at the top of the bottle for ease of use.

Iodoform Packing Strips

Iodoform packing strips are impregnated with iodoform which is an antiseptic agent. They use the healing and antimicrobial properties of iodoform to soak up the exudate, facilitate proper wound healing and protect the wound from a broad range of bacteria. Iodoform wound packing strips are ideal for use on open or infected wounds that may have a build-up of dead or necrotic tissue.

Precautions While Using Wound Packing Strips

Since wound packing strips are involved with wound care and wound bed management, keeping a sterile environment should be the first step while using them. Make sure you take the following precautions while using wound packing strips:
  • If you are packing the wound yourself, make sure you are changing the dressings in the correct way.
  • Ensure the use of sterile gloves, tweezers and cotton-tipped applicators to avoid complications.
  • Pull the old packing strips out carefully and with caution to ensure no contamination.
  • Use a sharps container to dispose old packing strips
  • Clean the wound and gentle place the packing lightly in the cavity.
  • If you have any doubts, consult a medical professional immediately

Where to Buy Packing Strips Online?

At Shop Wound Care, we offer a wide range of packing strips for wounds from various top-selling brands like Kendall, Curad, SilverIon, etc.