One of the most common wound dressings is the simple gauze bandage. They’re extremely versatile, being applicable to a wide variety of wound types, and they come in a plethora of shapes and sizes to meet various needs. The aim of these products is to protect the affected area from dirt, bacteria, and other outside invaders, and they also help maintain a moist environment, while still allowing air to circulate. You and your clinician will work together to choose the right type of dressing for you, but you can come prepared by learning more about the different types of gauze wound dressings:

  • Impregnated dressings are saturated or covered with pharmaceuticals, like antimicrobials, iodine, or hydrogel.
  • Wrapping gauze is used to pad, protect, and secure. They often come in different varieties, including elastic, cotton, and nylon.
  • Sponges are layered squares of gauze generally used for padding. They typically measure 2×2 inches or 4×4 inches.

Although there are many types to choose from,gauze bandage also has two different weaving forms: woven and non-woven:

  • Woven gauze bandage is loosely woven, allowing for the absorption of exudate and other fluids into the open fibers. Woven gauze comes in fine to coarse meshes with differing thread counts. Coarse varieties are generally used for debridement, whereas find gauze is typically used for packing to enhance the protective barrier of wound dressings.
  • Non-woven gauze bandage is made from fibers that are condensed together to resemble a weave. This design allows for greater absorbency as well as better wicking. It is typically manufactured from rayon, polyester, or a blend of the two. This kind of gauze produces less lint and leaves behind fewer fibers than its woven counterpart.

Advanced Tissue is the nation’s leader in delivering specialized wound care supplies to patients, delivering to both homes and long-term care facilities.