Ribbon Gauze Dressings
Rolls of ribbon gauze are used as a tamponade in natural bodily orifices (e.g. the nose) or artificial body cavities. Rolls of sterile ribbon dressing may be used for various reasons, for example for wound packing after an operation. Clinical wound packing dressings come in a variety of forms, e.g., impregnated gauze, ribbon gauze, cotton dressing, alginate antimicrobial dressing, or foam dressing.
There is a difference between packs for haemostasis and packs for wound treatment. In our shop we stock a range of dressings for wound packing, such as the Sterile Tamponade Bandage made of 100 % cotton or the sterile rolls of Gazin Ribbon Gauze. To control epistaxis (nasal bleeding) we offer packs of Raucocel Epistaxis Packing. For the prevention of post-operative bleeding in haemostatic compromised patients you will find the mediRegis® Collagen Fleece.
Nasal Packing for Epistaxis
Nasal packing is performed with gauze, foam, or cotton that is packed into the nasal chambers. It is usually used to control epistaxis. However, nasal packing is not only used for epistaxis, but also during operations on the nose, for example after corrections of the nasal septum.
There are two categories of epistaxis. Anterior epistaxis occurs when the bleeding is coming from the front of the nose and posterior epistaxis occurs when the bleeding originates from further back in the nose. Depending upon the localisation of the bleeding either an anterior nasal pack or a posterior nasal pack is required. For nasal packing, it is common to use ribbon gauze that is soaked with ointment, as this is often less irritating to the mucous membrane and the wound overall.
Treating Wound Cavities
Medical wound packing is carried out after fistula operations, for example. The dressings are placed in the wound cavity, so as to keep the wound open until it is granulated from top to bottom. During this time, the sterile pack absorbs wound secretions or blood. Dressings are often soaked with an antiseptic solution to prevent wound infection, nevertheless, they must be removed regularly and then replaced with fresh wound dressings.
Gauze used to pack a wound is often soaked in ointment so as not to irritate the wound and to prevent it sticking to the wound during dressing changes. This not only makes dressing changes more comfortable for the patient - it also prevents the wound from being unnecessarily irritated or even torn open with every dressing change.
In this category you will also find the SMI Spon gelatine sponges made of highly purified gelatine material in various designs. The sponge can be used both dry and moist and leads to rapid haemostasis. It is absorbed within 3 to 4 weeks and therefore does not need to be removed.
Do you have any further questions? Or perhaps you are looking for other kinds of dressing material, e.g., rolls of adhesive tape, gauze swabs, cotton swabs or gauze balls? Our customer service will be happy to advise you. Feel free to get in touch via phone, email or live chat.