What to buy with Medline Caring Sponges?
How to choose Medical Gauze Sponges?
Medical gauze is a light material intended for post-surgical wound applications or the healing of deep wounds. Numerous medical gauze applications are for direct wound placement and keeping a sterile environment is foremost for healthy, uninhibited healing. The gauze dressings can be medicated or impregnated with sterile or made for wound debridement -- particularly in cases where the wound is large and the incidence of necrotic tissue may be present.
The two common categories of gauze are made from woven and non-woven materials.
- Woven: Typically means that the gauze contains layers of woven cotton layered together into numerous ply sheets.
- Non-Woven: Non-woven gauze is ordinarily manufactured fabric made to look like a woven dressing yet maintain the same air circulation ability.
If you are a patient, a wound care specialist or a nurse will dress the wound with the appropriate gauze. It is good to first ask the specialist about the product and procedures before purchasing anything different. It is important to become familiar with the gauze type given and note the name of the product as well as the reference number.
As specified, the gauze will be one of two types: woven and non-woven. With woven gauze, it is a straight cotton weave. This typically is the cheapest and most utilized cloth fabric. For primary dressing applications, woven is not recommended. Sterile, woven gauze can be used for a secondary dressing with most wound care applications, but as a primary dressing, for a heavy exudating wound, it will be hindering to the healing process. The wound can dry and cake around the dressing, making removal both harmful and painful as it can drag up the granulating wound tissue.