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A swab is a small stick with wads of cotton, foam, or similar material mounted on one end or both ends. The stick is made of plastic, wood, or other sturdy materials. The wads are usually doused in an anti-septic or antimicrobial solution that helps eliminate the bacteria and other microbes, thus reducing the risk of infections. Swabsticks are useful for a variety of wound care procedures. It helps in cleaning the debris of the wound. Often, layered wounds become difficult to clean, and this is where swabsticks are used to swab the exudate and debris out of the wound.

Shop Wound Care has a great range of sterile and non-sterile swabsticks for various purposes like oral care, gynecological cleaning, specimen sampling, wound care, etc.

Uses of Medical Swabs 

Swabsticks help in carrying out the following functions:

  • Clean the wounds
  • Apply medications 
  • Specimen collection 
  • Clean out the ears
  • Manipulation of tissues for doctor examination 
  • Gynecological cleaning
  • Preparation of the skin before surgery
  • First aid for wounds
  • Clean oral cavity
  • Apply and remove cosmetics

Benefits of Sterile Swabsticks for Wound Care

  • Clean wounds that are difficult to reach 
  • Eliminates bacteria and other microbes 
  • Reduces chances of microbial infection 
  • Helps absorb exudate and clean debris 
  • Delivers antimicrobial agents such as povidone-iodine to the wound

Types of Swabsticks

Swabsticks fulfill the varied needs of medical professionals while carrying out their duties. The types of swabsticks are usually determined by the substance used to offer them antiseptic, antimicrobial, or other desired properties.

Alcohol Swabsticks - They contain 70% isopropyl alcohol and are used for cleaning a part of the body before injections or other venipunctures. Medline Alcohol Swabsticks are packaged in single-use packs for convenience.

Oral Swabsticks - They come in both flavored and plain options for oral hygiene. Dynarex Oral Swabsticks gently clean, moisten and refresh the patient's mouth, teeth, and gums.

Lemon Glycerin Swabsticks - They are doused in a lemon glycerin solution and are used in the treatment of oral and throat infections. 

Povidone-Iodine Swabsticks - These are the most commonly used swab sticks by medical professionals. They are impregnated with a povidone-iodine solution and used for cleaning wounds and acting as antimicrobial agents, eliminating the microbes on and near the wound. Medline PovidoneIodine Swab are antiseptic swabs to use before bandaging minor cuts, scrapes, and burns.

Benzoin Tincture Swabsticks: The sterile compound benzoin tincture is a topical skin adhesive. It prepares the skin to allow dressings to remain in place with less chance of curling or rolling. 

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Shop Wound Care offers high-quality multipurpose swab sticks from top-selling manufacturers like Medline, McKesson, Dynarex, etc. shop now and get assured offers on every purchase.