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Abdominal Pads for Wound Care: All You Need to Know

Abdominal Pads for Wound Care: All You Need to Know
Kevin Cleary

Article Reviewed by Registered Colorectal NurseReviewed by Christine Kijek, Registered Colorectal Nurse, on August 29, 2022

Wound care management is all about managing the healing process. Our first priority after an injury or surgery is obviously, healing. Wound care that is a bit advanced may need a different approach. Sometimes slapping a Band-Aid on something is not exactly the best way to approach recovery from a wound or surgical incision. During the recovery process wound exudate can be an issue and dealing with it sometimes requires a sterile abdominal pad.

What is an ABD Pad?

Abdominal Pads (also known as ABD pads) are non-woven thick absorbent-dressing to manage not only the abdominal wounds but all the heavily draining wounds. ABD wound dressing contains a thick layer of cellulose that absorbs and disperses the fluid by sealing off the affected site area. The ABD gauze pads are constructed with a hydrophobic back with sealed edges to prevent strikethroughs.

Types of Abdominal Pads For Wounds:

ABD pads remove excretions from wounds promoting healing in a variety of applications and are available in sterile and non-sterile versions. These pads can be used in conjunction with antibiotic ointments to expedite healing and prevent infection.

How does ABD Pad Dressing work?

An abdominal gauze pad absorbs the discharge into an inner core and helps keep wounds dry. By sealing off the wound area, the abdominal dressing helps protect the wound from infections and oozing.

What are ABD Pads Used For?

  • For normal exudate: primary wound contact layer dressing
  • For heavy exudate: secondary dressing on top of a primary dressing

An ABD pad can be used as a primary dressing for scrapes or a wound that is superficial.

As a secondary dressing, the ABD pad is applied over a primary dressing, such as an alginate or hydrofiber dressing. Medical tapes can be used to keep the abdominal dressing securely in place.

A moist wound bed will heal faster, especially for large wounds and scrapes. Creating the best possible healing environment can be improved with abdominal pad use, which can help seal out contaminants while absorbing fluid and allowing the healing process to continue unfettered.

How to Choose the Right Abdominal Gauze Pad?

To decide which ABD pad is best for you, you need to understand the type of wound and its severity based on the following points:

1. Exudate vs. Transudate

Wounds that ooze or expel fluids may seem one and the same, but there is a subtle difference. The fluid rich in cells, cellular debris, and proteins is an exudate, whereas clear fluid that is relatively devoid of proteins and cells is considered transudate. These terms are used to define this discharge, not the ailment or injury causing them, but often they are used in association with pleural effusions. No matter what you are dealing with, this excess fluid must be safely removed from the wound bed to improve healing time. Maximum absorbency is crucial in removing exudate from a wound or incision. Look for an abdominal pad that offers all four edges that are sealed to prevent any lint residue and leakage, such as Covidien Dermecea Non-Sterile Abdominal Pads. When bacteria or other germs enter a wound, the risk of infection is greatest. Keeping foreign material away from the wound bed is critical for avoiding infection. Exudate fluid is usually produced by inflammation, whereas transudate fluid is produced due to a change in something, such as hydrostatic pressure, which causes inflammation. Removing this discharge and keeping the wound bed free from bacteria and germs will help expedite healing.


2. Level of Exudate

Many folks may feel that any sterile pad can do the trick, but that is not exactly accurate. Depending on the type of wound, you may require a larger, more absorbent wound dressing. For those who suffer from heavy exudate, a moisture barrier may be necessary to prevent leakage. For instance, the Medline Extra Absorbent Abdominal Pad incorporates a hydrophobic backing to prevent fluid strike-through. Talk about avoiding any embarrassing or unhealthy situations!! Infection control and peace of mind in one package are brilliant!! Many of these abdominal pads utilize a cellulose center, with a non-woven exterior to wick away fluid that may seep from recovering wounds. These cellulose fibers allow any exudate/transudate fluid to disperse throughout the pad. Simply find the correct size you need and secure it in place with a wrap. Abdominal pads are perfect for large trauma sites, abdominal wounds, or incisions and as a secondary dressing over wounds that discharge fluid.


Abdominal Wound Dressing Features

  • Soft and non-woven contact layer
  • Different exudate level options from moderate to heavy are available.
  • Highly absorbent material to absorb excess fluid
  • Sealed from the edges to prevent linting and leakage
  • For large surgeries and trauma sites
  • Made for heavily exuding wounds
  • Fewer dressing changes required
  • Prevents skin maceration
  • Padding for pressure points and cushioning

Where to buy ABD Pads Online?

HPFY carries an extensive range of ABD pads for wound management from moderate to heavy exudate levels. Speed up your wound’s healing process with proper care and safety with HPFY now!

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Kevin Cleary

Kevin Cleary has been a Health Products For You contributor for many years and has a degree in marketing. His health and wellness journey has a very personal meaning and has guided him in his content writing for HPFY.

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