First Aid

Medical Uses of First Aid Gauze

Anything worthy of being called a first aid kit should always be stocked with a liberal supply of first aid gauze.

First aid gauze is an extremely versatile and handy tool to have. However, many people who are unfamiliar with first aid materials don’t know how to use it, or what it’s for. Here are a few obvious advantages and common uses of first aid gauze.

First Aid Gauze Advantages

  • It’s cheap. You can get more gauze than you’ll probably ever use for just a few dollars
  • It’s translucent, offering a certain amount of see-through-ability.
  • It’s lightweight. You could probably have 20 yards of gauze on your person and not notice the weight
  • It’s porous, allowing air to flow to help dry wounds and encourage coagulation
  • It’s not sticky. The low direct surface area makes it ideal for application on wounds and burns. Other bandages can stick and be very painful to remove.
  • Shapeable: Gauze can easily be cut or torn into any shape desired. This is great if you have a cut that’s too big for band-aids, or is in an area that’s difficult to bandage such as your ear or armpit.

Uses of First Aid Gauze

  • Absorbent: The porosity of gauze makes it ideal for soaking up excess blood and other body fluids like a sponge
  • Bandaging: If nothing better is available, gauze can make an excellent bandaging. Secure a few layers of gauze over the wound with medical tape, and voila!
  • Stuffing Deep Wounds: If a person has a very deep gash or cut, sometimes gauze can be stuffed into it. This slows bleeding and encourages clotting.
  • Securing: First aid gauze can be used to wrap up injured joints if better bandaging isn’t available. Set the joint in the position you want it and wrap gauze around it until it’s secured in place.

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