- Single cotton tip;
- Available Sizes: 8cm, 10cm, 12cm, 15cm;
- Inexpensive specification.
- Double cotton tip;
- Available Sizes: 8cm, 10cm, 12cm, 15cm.
- Cotton Swabsticks are easy to use and need little instruction;
- Useful in applying medicinal agents to wounds, as well as transferring and collecting samples in a clinical setting;
- Swabsticks are inexpensive and are produced in high abundance;
- Disposable nature minimizes risk of transferring infectious material;
- Available in different lengths, suitable for a variety of applications;
- Swabsticks have numerous uses outside of a medical context, for example craft and household cleaning;
- Able to take a DNA sample.
Cotton Swabsticks are primarily used to transfer and apply medical agents to wounds, such as antiseptic or disinfectant to prevent an infection from developing. Traditionally, Swabsticks are used to clear the ear canal of earwax, and still remains the most commonly used application of this device. However, doctors do not advocate for this usage, and it is recommended to follow their professional advice.
Simply transfer a small volume of the medical agent onto the tip of the swab, and then gently apply it to the wound by brushing over it. Once the desired amount of the medical agent has been applied, dispose of the Swabstick. Depending on the severity and openness of the wound, it may need to be wrapped up with a bandage.
It is imperative that cotton swabsticks are not used if the packaging or seal is compromised. Evidence of this may suggest tampering or loss of sterility. If one should come across swabsticks inside comprised packaging, the correct course of action is to dispose of it quickly and safely.
- It is important that cotton swabsticks are not reused. Once used, the device is not fit to be salvaged for further used, as sterilization cannot be retained. Re-using swabsticks can result in infections being transmitted between surfaces and the individuals who may come into contact with them;
- Must prepare the swabsticks for use in a clean, sterile environment, absent of bodily fluids or other sources of contamination;
- Promptly and safely dispose of any swabsticks that have touched a potentially contaminated surface;
- Although swabsticks are commonly used to clear out contents of the ear canal by countless people, doctors discourage this usage;
- Sterile cotton swabsticks should be used when treating a medical wound. Other usages, for example household cleaning, do not require a sterile swabstick – the non-sterile range is fine for use;
The range of cotton swabsticks offered by AdvaCare comes with either a plastic or wooden shaft. In both cases, the tip is manufactured from 100% cotton.