PROCEDURES USED IN WOUND CARE
Section I. CHANGING A STERILE DRESSING
a. A dressing is any sterile material used to cover a wound. A sterile dressing is
Protect the wound from bacteria in the environment.
Protect the environment from bacteria in the wound.
b. A well-applied dressing makes the patient feel like he is receiving good health
care. Psychologically, this makes the patient feel better.
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.