Frequently Asked Questions on Gauze Dressings

Gauze Dressings
What are Gauze Dressings?
Gauze Dressings are typically used to cover wounds for the purpose of helping them heal faster and preventing infection or further injury. Gauze is usually in the form of woven or non-woven cloth. It is typically placed over the top of an open wound.
What are the features of Gauze Dressings?
•It is non-adherent, non allergenic, gamma sterile dressing
•A non medicated tulle dressing effectively supports all phase of wound healing
•Impregnated with paraffin
•Forms a separate layer between wound and gauze
•Facilitates air circulation and hastens healing
What is a Gauze?
Gauze is a transparent fabric of open weave and differing degrees of fineness, most often cotton muslin, used in surgical procedures and for bandages and dressings.
What are Gauze Rolls?
Gauze rolls are products used in the administration of first aid, as well as in the dressing of wounds. These rolls are used in the medical field to treat skin that has been cut, broken, scraped, or burned, so it is crucial that they be stored in sterile packaging to protect the patient from infection. It is quite common for a gauze roll to be used to treat a wound on one of the limbs. This is because the long strip of gauze can be used to wrap around an arm, leg, wrist, or similar body part. As such, the product serves to protect wounds and can also be used to keep other dressings in place.
What are the advantages of a Gauze?
You can cut gauze to fit different wounds, or even tear it to make the shape you need. Some areas, such as those around toes, fingers or ears, are hard to bandage securely, so gauze can work as an alternative there. Also, wounds that don't fit the pad size of a bandage might require gauze.
Gauze is one of the best values in bandaging solutions. Gauze is also very lightweight. Packages with yards and yards of gauze are lighter than the wallet you use to pay for them.
Ease of Medical Care
Although gauze does protect open wounds and burns, very little of the gauze actually touches the surface beneath it. This means you can remove it without having your patient yell in pain because the covering stuck to the wound.
When gauze covers a surgical wound, the medical staff will apply a drain to the wound after completing the gauze dressing. The purpose of the drain is to pull any fluids out, but the pressure also pulls the gauze together.
What are the types of Gauze Bandages?
Sterile Pads
Sterile gauze pads come individually packaged to prevent contamination. Cotton sterile gauze pads come in various plies, meaning the number of layers of gauze in the pad. Size also varies, beginning with small 2-inch square pads up to 8-inch by 10-inch pads.
Non-Sterile Pads
Non-sterile pads work well for supporting bruises, bunions, corns and closed wounds. They may provide cushion or coverage. Non-sterile pads come in boxes and multi-packs. Sizes are similar to those found in sterile pads.
Gauze Roll Bandages
Health care providers may use rolls of non-sterile gauze to wrap sprains, sore muscles and large skin areas.Rolls of sterile gauze may wrap second- and third-degree burns that cover large areas. Sterile gauze rolls may also cover sterile dressings and other large bandages to hold the sterile pad in place and provide several extra layers of coverage.
Stretch Gauze Bandages
Stretch gauze includes elastic fibers to make the gauze more comfortable and conforming for wrapping wounds and large body parts. Some stretch gauze is disposable and meant only for single use. Other stretch gauze is washable and reusable.
Plaster Gauze Bandages
Plaster gauze bandages are gauze strip bandages with gypsum plaster embedded in the fibers. The user can cut the roll into strips, get it wet, and mold it in place to create a solid plaster surface. Doctors may use it to create plaster casts for broken bones. Crafters may use it to create a variety of shaped crafts, including belly and body art castings.