Gauze is a lightweight material used to cover wounds to promote healing. Gauze is generally made up of loosely woven materials which will not lint or adhere to an open wound but will allow oxygen to access the skin to support the healing process.
Sterile medical gauzes are applied directly onto an open wound to absorb leaking bodily fluids without sticking and prevent infection from entering the wound, while non-sterile gauze will generally cover a closed wound for protection.
At RehabPulse, you can find a range of gauzes with different specifications – if you need advice on the best solution for you, call us on 1-877-234-2018.
Applying Medical Gauze
Deep wounds or wounds that are at risk of infection should be examined by a medical professional in the first instance to ensure no further medical intervention is necessary. Once you are happy the wound can comfortable be treated at home, in the first instance the wound must be cleaned and dried. The gauze should be lightly placed on the wound – if it is an open wound this should be sterile gauze to prevent risk of infection. If you are wrapping the wound, do not do it tightly. A loose wrap will allow the wound to breathe and recover faster. You will need to change the gauze frequently depending on how much blood or bodily fluid leaks from the wound.
Why Should You Go For Gauze?
Flexible: Medical gauze can be easily cut to size to fit a wound in a more complex location such as fingers, ears, toes, and more. Gauze can also be wrapped around a wound, so can cover a greater surface area than a standard band aid or bandage.
Convenient: Gauze is the most convenient bandaging solution as you can easily fill up your at-home first-aid kit with a large supply of gauze for a low cost.
Safe: Due to the design and materials, sterile gauze is safe to use on an open wound, and it will not stick to the bodily fluids.
Effective: The woven design means light and oxygen can pass through the gauze to the wound, and this exposure helps the wound to clot more quickly.
Sterile or Non-Sterile Gauze?
Sterile gauze is generally used to prevent infection from entering an open wound, so it is designed to resist bacteria, while non-sterile gauze is generally used to continue the healing of closed wounds.
RehabPulse is a one-stop-shop for DME solutions. The experts at RehabPulse.com can save you weeks of debating the pros and cons of different options, as well as recommend the best wound care supplies to suit your requirements.
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