What kind of gauze should you choose?

March 18 2015
What kind of gauze should you choose?

At Magic Medical, we sell many, many things. Some are very specialized, like our latex-free gloves. But sometimes, it’s the simple things that really make the difference in the day-to-day. Gauze can seem so simple, but it’s one of the most versatile medical supplies that anyone can use in many different ways. It also comes in quite a few varieties.

This durable, absorbent, and sterile material is the workhorse of patching people up in a medical setting, or for a mother and son in their bathroom: the kid sniffling because he scratched himself up while trying to ride his bike.  Magic Medical offers many choices so you get the gauze you need.

Having a box of gauze around the house is always a good idea for everyday first aid scenarios. But it’s also an absolute necessity for many people dealing with wounds, tubes or other situations where an open wound must be kept sterile. For caretakers, gauze not only protects your patient, but it also protects you from coming into contact with your patient’s bodily fluids. Here at Magic Medical we sell more than 10 varieties of gauze, ranging in size, thickness and features to provide basic first aid as well as repeated, regular use to keep wounds covered and clean.

When choosing the right gauze product for you or your patient, the four most important factors to consider are:

Size: will the gauze sufficiently cover the wound? We offer gauze ranging in sizes from 2x2 all the way up to 8x10 or a 4 yard role.

Thickness: Will the gauze have the necessary absorbency or thickness to keep the wound protected? Make sure to look at the ply of the gauze you choose. We offer 8-ply and 12-ply gauze as well as specialty gauze with a built-in absorbent core. In just a moment, I’ll explain more about other varieties of gauze like this one with the absorbent core.

Frequency of use: Should you buy a case or will one pack suffice? As with most of our products, we sell single boxes or cases of gauze so you get as much or as little as you need.

Additional needs: The gauze most people think of is probably the most common – cotton, loosely woven into airy squares. But there are more advanced kinds of gauze available, too.

For example, if you need to dress a wound that’s leaking fairly steadily, you might want a gauze pad that is designed to absorb liquid into its core, away from the wound, as well as prevent leaking through the pad. That’s exactly what the Medline Sterile Abdominal Pads do. We also sell pads that are infused with a special non-stick coating that make them ideal for burns and other injuries where sticking to the wound site is undesirable. 

Then there are small 2x2 drainage pads designed especially for use around tubes. These are made to lay flat when wrapped around drainage tubes to help prevent leaking.

If you need gauze for a very particular reason, we should have what you need. You can check out our full line of gauze right here. As always, if you ever have any questions about gauze or any other products, please let us know. We’re always happy to help our customers find the best product for their needs.