COTTON WOOL ROLL
- Comes in a roll of cotton;
- Useful in cleaning and padding wounds;
- Available in several sizes;
- Slightly cheaper than the zigzag wool.
COTTON WOOL ZIGZAG
- Comes in pads of cotton;
- Useful for orthopedic surgeries or for use on delicate skin types;
- Available in different weights: from 25g to 500g;
- Slightly more expensive than the cotton wool roll.
- Cotton wool is easy to use and need little instruction;
- Useful in applying medicinal agents to wounds, as well as providing padding for the wound;
- Cotton wool is inexpensive and is produced in high abundance;
- Cotton wool is available in a range of different amounts;
- Disposable nature minimizes risk of transferring infectious material;
- Available in different styles (roll and zigzag), suitable for a variety of applications;
- Cotton wool can have numerous uses outside of a medical context, for example craft and household cleaning;
- Easily broken apart and separated. The desired amount of cotton wool is easily obtained;
- Safe to use on delicate skin types to prevent the development of skin irritations, such as a rash.
Cotton wool is primarily used to transfer and apply medical agents to wounds, such as antiseptic or disinfectant to prevent an infection from developing, as well as cleaning the wound out removing foreign bodies.
Before handling the cotton wool, ensure hands are thoroughly washed. Break off the desired amount of cotton wool, and simply transfer a small volume of the medical agent onto the piece of cotton wool, then gently apply it to the wound by dabbing at it. Once the desired amount of the medical agent has been applied, and the wound appears clean, dispose of the wool. Depending on the severity and openness of the wound, it may need to be wrapped up with a bandage in conjunction with the wool secured on the wound to provide padding and absorptive capabilities.
It is imperative that cotton wool is not used if the packaging or seal is compromised. Evidence of this may suggest tampering or loss of sterility. If one should come across wool inside comprised packaging, the correct course of action is to dispose of it quickly and safely.
- It is important that cotton wool is not reused. Once used, the device is not fit to be salvaged for further used, as sterilization cannot be retained. Re-using cotton wool can result in infections being transmitted between surfaces and the individuals who may come into contact with them;
- Must prepare the wool for use in a clean, sterile environment, absent of bodily fluids or other sources of contamination;
- Promptly and safely dispose of any cotton wool that has touched a potentially contaminated surface;
- If cotton wool has any blood or other bodily substance on it, it must be handled as biohazard waste.
The range of cotton wool offered by AdvaCare is manufactured from 100% cotton, in both the roll and zigzag varieties.