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How to Choose Telfa Pads

Telfa pads are gauze wound dressings used for either primary or secondary wound care applications. These absorbent pads are used by private individuals and healthcare professionals alike. They are commonly used as take-home gauze for people coming out of a clinic or hospital after receiving minor incisions or injury treatment. These wound dressing pads are non-adherent and sterile, which makes them good for direct wound contact for small to medium sized wounds to help absorb light wound exudate. Some Telfa pads have border adhesive to secure themselves to the wound area, others would require a wrap or another means of securing them to the skin. There are several variations of Telfa dressings which are detailed below.

Telfa pads are for when a patient needs a dry non-absorbent dressing pad that will not stick to the wound. Telfa dressings can also be applied to dry wounds to protect the skin while it heals. Telfa pads are most often used to treat lightly exudating wounds. They are made of cotton and have a non-adherent polymer coating so that they do not stick to the wound or leave residue inside the wound bed. Because of the non-stick property, the Telfa pad is ideal for wounds that could otherwise cause the material to stick and re-open healing wounds, as well as potentially leaving behind gauze particles that can complicate the healing process.

Telfa Pad Types and Variations

Telfa pads are available on Vitality Medical's website and a selection of the top four non-adherent gauze dressings are below. The following pads have a small brief on their unique properties:

  • Telfa Ouchless Non-Adherent Dressings: The original 'Ouchless' dressing with an absorbent cotton interior and a non-adhering outer coating.
  • Telfa Non-adherent Island Dressing: An all-in-one dressing pad that will seal the pad to the wound with its border adhesive sides, while the cotton island pad will not stick to wound.
  • Telfa AMD Non-Adherent Dressings: Also for lightly draining wounds, the AMD version is unique in that it is impregnated with PHMB, an antiseptic that kills micro-organisms.
  • Telfa Clear Wound Dressings: The only non-absorbent pad, the clear dressing has non-stick properties yet is permeable to allow oxygen to the site. The clear film allows one to observe the healing progress.

Telfa Pad Applications

As mentioned previously, the Telfa gauze is for lightly draining wounds. Note that only the transparent version will need secondary pad for drainage. One simply will apply the pad by pulling off the hermetically sealed package and laying the pad over the wound. The different lines of Telfa have several size variations, so simply choose the size that can cover the wound with some overlap. If the pad does not have an adhesive, simply use a bandage or secondary dressing with adhesive sides to secure the Telfa pad to the skin. Dispose of the bandage when saturated, or if it becomes wet.

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