Wound Dressings

  • Adhesive tape Adhesive tape: tape is good to have on hand to retain dressings in place and to help contain cuts ends of a dressing.
  • Vetrap Vetrap: because this only sticks to itself and not the skin, it is great for holding dressings, such as gauze pads, in place over a wound. Be aware that this wrap can tighten up over time from the patient moving around, so one should be checking on it periodically to make sure it does not constrict blood flow.
  • Gauze wrap stretchable Gauze wrap stretchable: this is another non-adherent wrap that is good to hold dressings in place over a wound. It is more breathable than Vetrap and less likely to tighten or bind up from the patient moving around.
  • Gauze pads 2 x 2 Gauze pads 2 x 2: these are indispensable for treating wounds. They are good not only to clean wounds but can also be used to dress the wound following application of a suitable antiseptic or antibiotic ointment. On fresh wounds with some bleeding it is best to leave the first applied gauze pad in place so as not to disturb the blood clot. Replace overlying pads as needed but leave the initial pad in place until bleeding is controlled.
  • Non-Adherent pads, sterile Non-Adherent pads, sterile: these pads are preferable to use over wounds that have been prepped and treated, especially for those wounds that need to have the dressings changed periodically as they are less likely to adhere to the wound, unlike gauze pads.
  • Cotton tipped applicators, sterile Cotton tipped applicators, sterile: use these for cleaning wounds or situations that require the application of medications near to or around the eyes and ears. First apply the medication to the applicator tip then deliver it to the wound, especially when using spray antiseptics.