Gauze Dressing FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions about Gauze Dressing.


Q. Why would I use a non sterile conforming gauze on an open wound?

A. Conforming gauze, like Kerlix and Kling are used only to hold a sterile gauze, pad or dressing in place.


Q. What type of  dressing or gauze pad would be used on most wounds?

A. Simple Gauze Pads are most common. The sizes vary  but are usually square.


Q. What sizes does gauze come in?

A. A sterile gauze can be found in many sizes. The most common are 2 x 2” , 3 x 3 “ and 4 x 4”:.


Q. What are gauze pads made of?

A. Until recent years, gauze was a woven bleached fabric, made usually of cotton fibers.   The word gauze comes from the word gazz which mean raw silk. Today gauze can be made of many fabrics including synthetics, and they may be non-woven.


Q. What is the correct gauze for my wound care?

A. Wound care dressing choices are numerous. They include impregnated gauze, that stay moist during use.


Q. What danger’s lie within the use of a dry gauze?

A. Removal of a dressing gauze can disturb the healing process by taking valuable healed tissue with it.


Q. If I used a dry gauze, and I feel it pulling the tissue as I remove it, what can I do?

A. You should consult your physician, he may recommend the use of a Normal Sterile Saline or Sodium Chloride Solution which can be purchased on-line though a supplier.


Q. What is the best impregnated gauze?

A. Only a medical professional can suggest the right gauze for your wound. There are many choices to include: Iodaform gauze, Petroleum emulsion Adaptic gauze, Alginate Gauze, Silver type gauze, and hydrocolloidal.


Q. What is a hemostatic gauze?

A. This class of gauze products stops bleeding by exposing the wound to an impregnated chemical that stops bleeding. It acts like a stiptic pencil used in shaving .


Q. What is a bordered gauze?

A. It is usually an air permeable secondary sterile dressing. It usually has a soaker sponge gauze in the center that is a non woven synthetic.This bandage is perfect for abrasions, surgical incisions, pressure ulcers, and superficial lacerations. It is great for post op and difficult to dress areas.


Q. What is Impregnated gauze ?

A. It’s a gauze that contains various Chemical agents to create certain conditions at a wound site.


Q.   What conditions are most common?

A. The two most common are Bacteriostasis and Bacteriocidal. Bacteriostasis is a condition that prevents bacteria from growing. Bacteriocidal is an act of killing any bacteria that might be present. Other conditions include: moisture retention, moisture delivery, absorption, and debriding.. Some good examplesare:.

DermAssist by AssisTec Medical, Inc., Biolex by Bard,  CarraGauze byCarrington,  ClearSite by Conmed Corp., DermaGauze by DermaRite,  Dermagran by Derma Sciences,  Gentell by Gentell,  CURASOL by HEALTHPOINT,  Restore by Hollister,  Hyperion by Hydrophilic Wound Dressingsby  Hyperion Medical, Inc.


Q: What is debriding?

A: It is the removal of dead tissue.


Q : What brands of gauze are available?

A: Many manufacturers of gauze dressings provide the same home healthcare products as part of an entire "package" of wound care products. Curity® (Kendall line), Kerlix® (Kendall), Kling® (Johnson & Johnson), Telfa® (Kendall), CarraGauze® Pads and Strips (Medline Industries), Curasol Gel Saturated Gauze (Healthpoint), Restore Hydrogel Gauze Dressing (Hollister Inc.), Tegagel Hydrogel Wound Filler with Gauze (3M Health Care).


Q: What is the advantage of Gel Gauze?

A. Gel Gauze is a gauze that has glycerine or non-glycerine hydrating products. They can be combined with bacteriocidal agents like silver. This would create a wet environment, that bacterial contamination is avoided.