Sterile gauze should be used when dressing a wound.
Wound packing is a medical process that involves inserting a long thin strip of gauze into a deep wound to prevent abscesses from forming. Before healing a wound, all materials and tools must be sterilized and assembled, as sterilization will help prevent serious infection. The wound packing material can be inserted freely into the loop with either tweezers or a cotton swab if necessary. A small amount of packing material can be left hanging for easy removal.
Before sealing the wound, some doctors recommend rinsing the wound with a saline solution.
Medical professionals sometimes recommend placing absorbent material inside deep wounds to keep them open. The packaging material will absorb any drainage, which can help prevent abscesses from forming. It also causes the inside of the wound to heal before the outside of the wound, preventing uncomfortable pockets of internal scar tissue. Long, narrow strips of sterile gauze are common types of wound filling material.
If the wound opening is small, the plug can be gently pushed in with sterile forceps.
Before sealing a wound, all tools and materials must be sterilized to prevent harmful microorganisms from entering the wound. Metal tools such as tweezers and scissors can be sterilized by soaking them in alcohol. Wound packaging material should be left in the sterile packaging or container until ready for use.
Anyone dressing a bandage should also wash their hands with soap and hot water. The use of surgical gloves is also recommended. In addition, the area where the wound dressing will be made should also be as clean and sterilized as possible. All tools should also be mounted in an easily accessible location before starting.
Medical grade gloves should be worn when dressing a wound.
The wound packing process can sometimes be uncomfortable or even painful. To minimize discomfort, an over-the-counter pain reliever can be taken about 30 minutes before the dressing. Pain relievers that can cause blood thinning, such as aspirin and naproxen, should be avoided as they can result in bleeding problems.
Packing material should only be removed from its packaging when it is ready to be packed into the wound. The amount of tampon needed will depend on the size of the wound. If using wrapping strips, the length does not need to be cut until the wound is compressed. This will ensure that the proper amount of packaging material is used.
A cotton swab can be used to cover a wound.
Before sealing the wound, some doctors recommend rinsing the cavity with saline solution. Then the packaging material is simply inserted into the open wound. If the wound opening is small, the plug can be gently pushed in with sterile forceps, forceps, or cotton swabs. The wound should not be compressed too tightly as this can slow down the healing process.
After wrapping a wound, the wrapping strip can be cut and any excess can be returned to the container. Leaving a small “tail” of packing material sticking out of the wound will make removing and changing packing material much easier. Generally, the wound dressing should be changed once a day, and the amount of dressing used each day should be reduced as the wound heals.