Gauze represents thin, translucent fabric with a loose open weave. If a Gauze is used for medical/clinical purposes, it is known as Medical Gauze.
Medical Gauzes can be categorized into two following types:
- Sterile Gauzes
- Non-Sterile Gauzes
What is a Sterile Gauze?
Sterile Gauzes are suitable for treating wounds and cuts.
It helps to safeguard the wounds from additional physical damage and infection.
Usually, Sterile Gauzes are treated with irradiation, chemicals, or heat to kill micro-organisms.
In order to use a Sterile Gauze, make sure to clean and sanitize the hands.
Since the prime ambition of Sterile Gauze is to clean the wounds and initiate healing, they are non-adhesive, non-toxic, and non-allergenic in nature.
Apart from this, sterilized dressing is also treated with an antibiotic or antiseptic lotion.
One of the major advantages of Sterile Gauze is that pre-cut sterilized dressing pads of various sizes are readily available in the market.
Another important characteristic of Sterilized Gauze is that it absorbs body fluids.
The spongy Sterile Gauze is available in the market as a pre-folded pad, which is commonly used by surgeons, or pre-rolled gauze, which is preferred by dentists.
- When dentists extract a tooth, they fill the empty space by a Rolled Gauze which further helps to absorb blood and saliva.
- On the other hand, in the case of small abrasions, a regular sterile gauze pad may be sufficient to absorb blood before the application of the final dressing.
Since accidents such as burns, bruises, or cuts keep happening all year round, clinics stack up Sterile Gauzes of numerous sizes and forms.
Similarly, paramedical personnel normally carry such first-aid kits for the same purposes.
Other Items like scissor, medical tape, and fastening clips are also used in conjunction with Sterile Gauze.
What are Non-Sterile Gauze?
Have you seen the bandages which hold a Sterile Gauze in place?
Yes, those bandages are known as Non-Sterile Gauzes and usually have a tighter weave than sterilized ones.
It is always advisable to keep individually-packed pieces of Sterilize Gauze and Non-Sterilize Gauze at home for primary care.
Sterilized Gauze for wounds/ cuts.
Non-Sterilized Gauze for the bandaging purpose.