What is the Difference Between Sterile and Non-Sterile Gauze Pads?

Posted on May 14 2012

Each type of gauze is designed for a specific purpose. Some may be specially designed for use on burns and other sensitive skin areas, others like ReliaMed’s Tracheostomy Drain Sponges are made with a split in each pad so that it contours around a tracheostomy tube for more effective wound protection and patient comfort. Aside from overall design and material, there is also the option to purchase either sterile or non-sterile gauze.

Sterile gauze pads, like Bioguard Gauze, are made to resist bacteria and keep open wounds clean. Generally more costly than non-sterile gauze, sterile pads are also usually made to wick away wound drainage and keep it protected and clean. Non-sterile gauze pads are more often used for closed wounds. They are great for providing soft cushioning support or coverage to a bruise or any other related wound. Sterile gauze is more expensive, so purchasing non-sterile pads is more cost-effective for a healthcare facility that does not often see open wounds, or surgical incisions.

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