- Gauze paraffin dressings are portable and convenient for use when travelling, and can easily be stored in a first aid kit;
- Gauze paraffin dressings are easy to use and need little instruction;
- Extremely inexpensive product, making it accessible to a wide range of people;
- Paraffin dressings protect, soothes and maintains the cleanliness of minor wounds. It speeds up the healing time of the injury;
- Paraffin dressings are sterile, to reduce the risk of contracting an infection;
- Because of its non-adhesive properties, gauze paraffin dressings can be directly applied to the wound;
- AdvaCare gauze paraffin dressings are open weave, which reduces fraying and loss of shape.
Paraffin Gauze Dressings 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 and absorbency than that offered by gauze dressings. Gauze paraffin dressings are directly placed over the wound, and protect injuries from friction, exposure, and further damage which may worsen the wound and consequently prolong the healing time.
To apply the paraffin dressing, ensure the wound is cleaned thoroughly to remove any debris or foreign bodies. Wash hands thoroughly. Open the packaging containing the gauze dressing, and peel off the protective layer, exposing the dressing. It is recommended that a bacterial ointment is applied to the wound before the dressing is worn, in order to decrease the chance that the gauze will stick to the wound and dry out, which may cause further damage to the wound and prolong the healing time. Once the dressing is applied to the wound, a second dressing or bandage should be applied over it to reinforce the covering, bolstering level of protection. Take care not to touch the wound, as this may aggravate it. Changing the dressing on a frequent basis is recommended. If the gauze dressing gets wet or soiled, it should be replaced with a fresh dressing.
It is imperative that gauze paraffin dressings 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 dressings inside comprised packaging, the correct course of action is to dispose of it quickly and safely.
- It is important that gauze paraffin dressings are not reused. Once used, the device is not fit to be salvaged for further used, as sterilization cannot be retained. Re-using dressings can result in infections being transmitted;
- Must prepare the dressings for use in a clean, sterile environment, absent of bodily fluids or other sources of contamination;
- Gauze dressings are more suitable to treat minor cuts and lesions. If a wound is more severe, or is bleeding, multiple layers of dressings would be required, followed by an absorbent bandage to secure the dressing in place and add a final layer of protection;
- Gauze paraffin dressings should be reinforced with multiple layers, and potentially with a bandage as well, to gain a sound level of protection. Gauze dressings lack absorbency;
- Gauze dressings should be stored in a cool, dry location away from direct sunlight. Failure to do so may dry the dressing up, diminishing its healing properties;
- Promptly and safely dispose of any dressings that have touched a potentially contaminated surface;
- If dressings have blood or any other bodily substance on it, it must be handled as biohazard waste.
The ranges of gauze paraffin dressings offered by AdvaCare are composed from sterilized, non-woven, low-adherence gauze dressing that has been infused with paraffin wax.