Using Abdominal Pads for Wound Care

Using Abdominal Pads for Wound Care

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 are Abdominal Pads?

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 disperse the fluid by sealing-off the affected site area. The ABD gauze pads are constructed with the hydrophobic back with sealed edges, to prevent strikethrough.

Types of abdominal pads:

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 preventing 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.

ABD wound pads are designed to be used in the following ways-

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

The primary dressing on which ABD pads work could be a transparent dressing or an alginate wound 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, as well as scrapes. Creating the best possible healing environment can be improved through the use of these abdominal pads, which can help seal out contaminants while absorbing fluid and allowing the healing process to continue unfettered. A moist wound bed will heal faster, especially for large wounds, as well as scrapes. Creating the best possible healing environment can be improved through the use of these abdominal pads, 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 that is rich in cells, cellular debris, and proteins is considered 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 which you are dealing with, this excess fluid needs to be safely removed from the wound bed in a sterile manner. 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, Medtronic Covidien Curity Abdominal Pad. Keeping foreign material away from the wound bed is critical for healing because it’s when bacteria or other germs enter a wound that the risk of infection is greatest. 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.

Buy Covidien Curity Abdominal Pads
Covidien Curity Abdominal Pads

2. Level of Exudate

Many folks may feel that any sterile pad can do the trick, but that is not exactly accurate. Depending on your type of wound you may require a larger, more absorbent wound dressing. For those who suffer from a heavy exudate, the need for a moisture barrier to prevent leakage may be necessary. For instance, the Cardinal Health Absorbent Abdominal Pads incorporate 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, brilliant!! Many of these abominable 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 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.

McKesson Non-Woven Sterile Combine Abdominal Pad
McKesson Non-Woven Sterile Combine Abdominal Pad

Features of the best abdominal wound dressing are –

  • A soft and non-woven contact layer
  • Available in all exudate levels from moderate to heavy
  • 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


HPFY carries an extensive range of abdominal pads for wound management from moderate to heavy exudate levels. Our top-selling manufacturers are Medline, Medtronic Covidien, Dukal Corporation, Dumex/Derma Sciences, Dynarex Corporation, and many more. Speed up your wound’s healing process with proper care and safety with HPFY now!


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