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US Army Medical Sterile Procedures Ed.100

US Army Medical Sterile Procedures Ed.100

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Various types of dressing materials can be used when applying or changing a
dressing. The following are those most frequently used.

a. Coarse Mesh Gauze Sponge. Coarse mesh gauze sponge
(figure 4-1) is commonly used as an intermediate layer in many dressings. It is
available in several sizes, but the ones used routinely are 2 x 2 inches, 4 x 4 inches,
and 4 x 8 inches.

Figure 4-1. Mesh gauze.

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b. Abdominal Pad. The abdominal (ABD) pad (figure 4-2) is a large, thick,
multilayered absorbent dressing. It is used as an intermediate layer in many dressings.
It is primarily used for postoperative abdominal incisions.

Figure 4-2. Abdominal pad.

c. Telfa Pad. The Telfa pad (figure 4-3) is a pad with a plastic-like coating
on one side of gauze dressing which prevents the dressing from sticking to the wound.

Figure 4-3. Telfa pad.

d. Petrolatum (Vaseline) Gauze. The petrolatum gauze (figure 4-4)
consists of gauze coated with petroleum jelly. It is used to protect tissue from drying, to
prevent adherence to the wound, and to create an airtight seal.

Figure 4-4. Petrolatum dressing.

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