- Laparotomy sponges are portable and convenient for use when travelling, and can easily be stored in a first aid kit;
- Numerous sizes and shapes of sponges to choose from. Some wounds are large and need a sponge that is sufficiently large so it can effectively absorb the wounds discharge and thoroughly clean the wound. Conversely, a minor wound does not require an excessively large sponge, and thus a smaller sponge would suffice. AdvaCare offers laparotomy sponges in a variety of different sizes to treat wounds of all magnitudes;
- Laparotomy sponges rapidly absorb fluids expelled by a wound, assisting in the healing process and providing surgeons with a clear field of view when operating on a patient, free of excessive bodily fluids;
- Due to their absorptive abilities, laparotomy sponges can be used in any aspect of life for liquid absorbance, for example cleaning applications;
- X-ray detectable laparotomy sponges provide an extra level of safety during a surgical procedure, as they can be identified and located if one is left in a body cavity;
- Because of its sterility, sterile laparotomy sponges can be directly applied to the wound;
- Laparotomy sponges are affordable, making it accessible to a wide range of people.
Laparotomy sponges are ideal for absorbing the discharge expelled from wounds that may seep blood or other fluids, usually during or after a surgical procedure. Sponges can also be used to clean out wounds, within and outside a surgical setting. Laparotomy sponges assist in accelerating the healing time of wounds.
To apply the sponge, it is important to first check that the shape and size of the sponge is applicable to the size of the wound that is being treated. The sponge can be placed directly onto the wound, as it is sterilized and not adhesive. The sponge is simply held in place over the wound, allowing it to soak up all the discharge secreted by the wound. If the sponge is used to clean the wound, a small volume of disinfectant or antibacterial cream can be added onto the sponge, and the wound can be gently dabbed. If bodily fluids are being absorbed away from the wound, i.e. when there is no contact between the sponge and the wound, a non-sterilized sponge can be used. Once the sponge is saturated, or the wound has stopped discharging fluid(s), the sponge can be removed and disposed of. Care must be taken to avoid touching the wound, as this may aggravate it. Changing the sponge frequently is recommended. If the sponge gets saturated or soiled, it should be replaced immediately with a fresh sponge.
It is imperative that laparotomy sponges 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 sponges inside compromised packaging, the correct course of action is to dispose of it quickly and safely.
- It is important that laparotomy sponges are not reused. Once used, the device is not fit to be salvaged for further used, as sterilization cannot be retained. Re-using sponges can result in infections being transmitted;
- Must prepare the sponge for use in a clean, sterile environment, absent of bodily fluids or other sources of contamination;
- Correct sized laparotomy sponges should be used based on the size of the wound. If a wound is large, a large enough sponge must be used to effectively absorb its discharge or clean it;
- If a higher level of liquid absorbing ability is desired, a pre-washed sponge should be opted for over an unwashed sponge;
- Laparotomy sponges should be stored in a clean, dry location that is well ventilated, and not overly humid or hot. Failure to do so may interfere with the sponges absorption and cleaning properties;
- Promptly and safely dispose of any sponges that have touched a potentially contaminated surface;
- If laparotomy sponges are being used in a surgical operation, sterile, x-ray detectable sponges should be used;
- Sponges have an expiration date, generally 5 years after the date of production. If the sponge is out of date, it should not be used for applications that require a sterile sponge. They can only be used for non-sterile applications, such as cleaning;
- If sponges have blood or any other bodily substance on it, it must be handled as biohazard waste.
The range of laparotomy sponges offered by AdvaCare is composed of high quality, pure absorbent cotton.