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What is compressed gauze used for

What is compressed gauze used for?

The compressed gauze is an extremely compact roll of sterile cotton gauze. Its small compact size usually expands when it is opened and spread in order to be able to take care of wounds that cover a large area. The compressed gauze is perfect for treating bleeding, bandaging of wounds and for wrapping of injuries. It is sterile, highly absorbent, and compact.

The compressed gauze is made from high quality 100% cotton, and its edges are well finished and this helps to reduce lint or loose ends. It is also Berry Amendment compliant. The compressed gauze is a 6-ply, 4.5” x 4.1 yd and it has up to a 5-year expiry. The dimensions of its packaging are 3 inches in length, 2 inches in width, and 1 inch in depth, and it is 1.2 oz in weight.

It can also be used as a backing for homeostatic agents. You can as well use the compressed gauze alongside a compression bandage. The gauze could also be useful in controlling a hemorrhage or for bandaging of a minor wound.

To use this compressed gauze, get your instructions booklet from your kit and follow it as required. Ensure that you are putting on gloves and then remove the compressed gauze from the kit, then open the package from the red quick tear notches. Bring out the compressed gauze and place it on the wound, using it to apply pressure over the source of the bleeding directly. You can wrap the limb or stack the gauze on top of the wound if it is excess, and then use a pressure bandage to cover it. Then apply direct pressure continuously until the bleeding stops. You can use a responder ETD to wrap the compressed gauze in order to secure it.


Since the contents of a medical kit are designed to help you out with simple and essential medical equipment with which you can use to stop severe bleeding in life threatening situations, then the compressed gauze is an essential item for any medical kit to have.

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