- Gauze bandages are portable and convenient for use when travelling, and can easily be stored in a first aid kit;
- Gauze bandages are easy to use and need little instruction;
- Numerous sizes and shapes of gauze bandages to choose from. Some areas of the body are difficult to access when attempting to bandage them, requiring bandages of certain size and shape. The AdvaCare range of gauze bandages accommodates every area of the body;
- Gauze bandages protect the wound and assist in the healing process;
- Because of its non-adhesive properties, gauze bandages can be directly applied to the wound, whereas an adhesive gauze bandage would require a dressing to first be laid over the wound;
- Gauze bandage is extremely affordable, making it accessible to a wide range of people.
Gauze bandages are ideal for protecting and facilitating the healing process of a cut, abrasion, blister, or other injury that is relatively minor. A more severe injury would require a higher level of protection than that offered by a regular gauze bandage. Gauze bandages protect injuries from friction, exposure, and further damage which may worsen the wound and consequently prolong the healing time.
To apply the bandage, ensure the wound is cleaned thoroughly to remove any debris or foreign bodies. Ensure the shape and size of the bandage is applicable to the area of the body that the bandage is being applied to. A dressing is not required to be placed over the wound, as the gauze bandage is not adhesive. Take care not to touch the wound, as this may aggravate it. Changing the bandage and dressing daily is recommended. If the bandage gets wet or soiled, it should be replaced with a fresh bandage.
It is imperative that gauze bandages 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 bandages inside comprised packaging, the correct course of action is to dispose of it quickly and safely.
- It is important that gauze bandages are not reused. Once used, the device is not fit to be salvaged for further used, as sterilization cannot be retained. Re-using bandages can result in infections being transmitted;
- Must prepare the bandages for use in a clean, sterile environment, absent of bodily fluids or other sources of contamination;
- Gauze bandages are more suitable to treat minor cuts and lesions. If a wound is more severe, or is bleeding, a stronger, more robust bandage would be required, for example an adhesive gauze bandage;
- Gauze bandages should be stored in a cool, dry location away from direct sunlight. Failure to do so may dry the bandage up, decreasing its healing properties;
- Promptly and safely dispose of any bandages that have touched a potentially contaminated surface;
- If bandages have blood or any other bodily substance on it, it must be handled as biohazard waste.
The ranges of gauze adhesive bandages offered by AdvaCare are composed of high quality, medical grade cotton.