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.
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.