Plain Wound Packing Gauze
How to Choose Wound Packing Gauze
Wound packing is performed by doctors or clinical staff for substantial wounds that are deep or tunnel under the skin. The wound filler is often made of a sterile gauze or foam that is designed to be inserted into the wound bed to soak up blood and other exudate material for a better healing environment. Some of the gauze used in the packing material is impregnated with medication or other substances to prevent necrotic tissue and other unwanted cell growth and micro-organisms that will interfere with healthy progress. The following information is intended to help you better understand and choose what kind of wound packing is best for your situation tending to you or your patient's wound.
A Quick Guide to Wound Packing Material
A wound that needs packing is deep and has space under the skin, with a good deal of exudate and blood. The packing simply needs to fill that space and dry the wound enough to allow proper healing to proceed. Wound packing comes in several forms and shapes, but are typically made of cotton or synthetic produced in gauze strips, rope, or sheets for wound insertion. The following information will include the main differences between wound packing strips and wound packing rope:
- Wound Packing Strips: The most common material, these are usually small strips, between 1/4 to 1 inch wide, are neatly folded along the inside border of a deep wound. They are typically sterile sealed in a jar.
- Wound Packing Rope: These thick strands of material tend to be a bit denser than strips to absorb and treat a wound by including another substance like alginate to slow or stop exudate draining. The rope is easier to cut and is also inserted simply laid out to encircle the inner wound bed.
Your woundcare specialist or doctor will know what packing material is best and will initially dress the wound. Make note of the name, the product number or SKU of the wound packing so you can refer to this again.
Wound Packing Variations and Suggested TypesThere are a number of substances that are used in conjunction with wound packing material. The material base is simply an absorber for exudate, and a sterile body that fills the cavity space within the wound. But because there are instances where exudate is high, or the chance of infection is present, many manufacturer will include another substance to enhance the healing ability. The following are some of the more commonly purchased examples:
- Allevyn Plus Wound Cavity Dressing -- A synthetic foam material is sterile and has a high capacity for taking in wound exudate.
- McKesson Calcium Alginate Dressing -- Comes in sheets and rope, it is treated with calcium alginate and silver to gel the exudate and prevent infection.
- McKesson Iodoform Cotton Packing Strips -- These come in narrow strips for small cavity packing.
- Covidien Curasalt Packing Strips -- This is impregnated with saline solution to draw out excessive exudate and to debride the wound bed.
Wound Packing Application SuggestionsThough there is a number of different wound packing materials, keeping a sterile environment should be the top consideration. If you are packing the wound yourself, take heed of how you were instructed on changing your dressing by your nurse. Make sure you have sterile gloves, tweezers and cotton-tipped applicators. Changing the dressing is slightly different than most tasks, since you will need to pull the packing out of the wound cavity. Do so with caution and to not contaminate anything nearby. Keep a bio-waste container near and dispose of it properly. Clean and dry the wound, and place the packing lightly in the cavity. Put a secondary dressing over if needed and then a bandage to secure the layered packing material. Typically change once a day when the material is saturated, but to make sure consult your woundcare specialist.
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