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*StayGuard™ Laparotomy Sponges are CE, ISO, USFDA certified.

**StayGuard™ Laparotomy Sponges are manufactured in our facilities located in China/India/USA.

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Size:

10cm x 40cm (LPS-01);10cm x 45cm (LPS-02);20cm x 20cm (LPS-03);20cm x 40cm (LPS-04);30cm x 30cm (LPS-05);37cm x 45cm (LPS-06);40cm x 40cm (LPS-07);45cm x 45cm (LPS-08)

Mesh:

12 x 8;15 x 11;19 x 9;19 x 15;20 x 12;24 x 20;28 x 16;28 x 18;28 x 24

Layer:

4 ply;6 ply;8 ply;12 ply;16 ply

Yarn:

40s;32s;21s

X-Ray:

Detectable;Undetectable

Sterility:

Non-Sterile; Sterile

Preparation:

Pre-washed;Unwashed

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Product Information

AdvaCare is a CE, ISO and USFDA manufacturer and global supplier of Laparotomy Sponges. The StayGuard™ brand of Laparotomy Sponges are internationally distributed and recognized for reliable quality and exceptional value. With distribution across developed and developing markets alike, our products are uniquely positioned as the brand of choice for medical professionals.

Laparotomy sponges, also referred to as a lap sponge or abdominal pad, is an absorbent pad that is used during surgical procedures, especially operations involving the abdominal region. The sponge assists in keeping the surgical site free of body fluids such as blood, providing surgeons with a clear field of view and clean work space. These things are essential for a successful surgery to be performed. A laparotomy sponge can also be used to cease blood flow by applying pressure onto the bleeding wound.

Sponges are manufactured from 100% cotton, and come in a variety of sizes and thread yarns and meshes. The material that the sponges are made from ensures a high level of absorbency and softness.

Sponges are available as either sterile or non-sterile. Sterile laparotomy sponges can be applied directly to the wound. Non-sterilized sponges are used to soak up fluids when there is no direct contact with the wound.

Sponges are available pre-washed or unwashed. The pre-washed variant is more effective at absorbing fluids, and is the more popular choice in surgical procedures.

Laparotomy sponges are widely used in hospitals, operating rooms and emergency rooms and first aid. Any application that involves absorption or wound compression would likely have use for a laparotomy sponge.

Laparotomy sponges are available as either X-ray detectable or undetectable. If an x-ray detectable sponge is left in a body cavity, it can easily be identified, located and extracted. In an invasive, surgical setting, the x-ray detectable variant should be used. Devices such as laparotomy sponges can cause a host of complications if not removed from the body.

Mesh is associated with the density of the cotton that the laparotomy sponges are made from. A higher mesh count signifies higher density. Gauze yarn relates to the fineness (or coarseness) of the sponge. An elevated yarn count is indicative of courser threads. Ply refers to the number of layers that compose the sponge. Increased ply equates to increased thickness.

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Benefits of Laparotomy Sponges:

  • 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.

Usage:

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.

Precautions:

  • 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.

Materials:

The range of laparotomy sponges offered by AdvaCare is composed of high quality, pure absorbent cotton.

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