Sponges & Pads

  • McKesson NonWoven Sponge McKesson Brand

    McKesson

    McKesson Non-Woven Sponges, High Absorbency- 4-Ply, Sterile, 4 x 4 in

    These nonwoven Polyester McKesson High-Absorbency sponges help protect wounds and promote proper healing. They're made from a blend of polyester and rayon, making them an alternative to cotton-based gauze or sponges. These McKesson gauze sponges are...

    Starting at $9.67
  • Curity USP Type VII Gauze Sponge Cardinal

    Curity

    Curity 8-Ply USP Type VII Gauze Sponge

    Curity gauze sponges are well suited for variety of applications; wound dressing, general cleaning, minor prepping, wound packing and debriding.8 ply USP Type VII gauze Well suited for variety of applications: wound dressing, general cleaning, minor...

    Starting at $10.22
  • Dermacea IV Dressing Cardinal 441407

    Covidien

    Dermacea Drain Sponge 4 X 4'' Sterile

    Drain sponges are used to absorb liquid from wound sites and other areas that require removal of unwanted liquified matter.Made of a synthetic blend of rayon and polyester that helps provide fast wicking action and superior absorbency Pre-cut T-slit...

    Starting at $12.03
  • Excilon Split Sponge Cardinal -7087

    Covidien

    Excilon 6-Ply Split Sponge 2 X 2'' Sterile

    Excilon drain and IV sponge has a pre-cut T-slit conforms snugly around drains, catheters, chest tubes, IVs and tracheotomies.Superior absorbency and fast wicking action help reduce infections and decrease the frequency of dressing changes Pre-cut T-slit...

    Starting at $14.39
  • VersaPro Split Sponge McKesson Brand MS09102220

    VersaPro

    VersaPro 6-Ply Split Sponge 2 X 2'' Sterile

    I.V./drain split dressing has a pre-cut notch conforms well around drains, catheters, chest tubes, IVs and tracheostomies.6-ply, absorbent, rayon/polyester gauze Eliminates the need for sterile scissors, conserves nursing time

    Starting at $2.99
  • Curity Split Sponge Cardinal 6241

    Curity

    Curity 6-Ply Split Sponge 2 X 2'' Sterile

    I.V./drain split dressing has a pre-cut notch conforms well around drains, catheters, chest tubes, IVs and tracheostomies.6-ply, absorbent gauze Eliminates the need for sterile scissors, conserves nursing time

    Starting at $14.52
  • Curity USP Type VII Gauze Sponge Cardinal

    Curity

    Curity 16-Ply USP Type VII Gauze Sponge

    16 ply USP Type VII gauze Well suited for variety of applications: wound dressing, general cleaning, minor prepping, wound packing and debriding Nonsterile sponges conveniently indexed in 10s for faster, easier handling

    Starting at $20.32
  • Curity Gauze Sponge Cardinal

    Curity

    Curity 12-Ply Gauze Sponge Sterile

    Gauze pads, also called gauze sponges, are used to clean, dress, prep, pack and debride wounds.Perforated carton for easy office dispensing Individually wrapped, 12-ply sterile gauze pads

    Starting at $18.80
  • Curity NonWoven Sponge Cardinal

    Curity

    Curity 3-Ply Non-Woven Sponge

    Curity all-purpose nonwoven sponges are ideal for applying ointments, prepping, wiping needles and cleaning slides.Rayon/polyester blend construction Highly absorbent

    Starting at $13.46
  • Curity NonWoven Sponge Cardinal

    Curity

    Curity 6-Ply Non-Woven Sponge 4 X 4'' Sterile

    All-purpose sponge is just what you need to apply ointments, prep, wipe needles, clean slides and more.Highly absorbent, fast wicking fabric promotes drier wound site Superior absorbency helps reduce infections and decreases the frequency of dressing...

    Starting at $15.43
  • Dermacea NonWoven Sponge Cardinal

    Covidien

    Dermacea 4-Ply Non-Woven Sponge 200 per Pack

    Dress wounds with Dermacea nonwoven sponges. The dressing is suitable for other medical applications such as prepping, general cleaning, packing and removing foreign objects from the wound.Cost effective, highly absorbent dressing ideal for applying...

    Starting at $11.64
Sponges and Pads

Sponges and pads are an integral part of wound care, and those caring for a wound either for themselves or others will often find themselves needing to restock. Whether you’re shopping for yourself or a loved one, here’s what your need to know about sponges and pads.

Sponges and Their Use

Sponges tend to absorb more than pads and are used in various wound care settings, including cleaning, debriding, and packing a wound. Sponges are useful for highly exudative (wet) wounds and can also apply ointment or medication when combined with other dressings.

Gauze sponges come in various sizes ranging from 2x2 inches for smaller-sized wounds such as minor burns or ulcers to 4x8 inches for more extensive wounds like surgical incisions. For good wound care, the size of the sponge needs to be larger than the size of the wound to provide coverage and protection.

There is usually more than one sponge in a pack because they need frequent changes. A healthcare provider will likely advise you about how often to change the sponge. When in doubt, redress the wound with a new sterile sponge if you see exudate seeping through the sponge or around the wound.

Drain Sponge: A drain sponge, also known as a split sponge, has a pre-cut slit that fits around drains, catheters, chest tubes, IVs, and more. Your healthcare provider may recommend a combination of sponge and drain gauze.

Sponge Materials

The main types of sponges are:

  • Gauze: Gauze sponges are made from several layers of woven material, usually cotton, to help increase absorbency. Gauze sponges can be woven or gauze.
  • Woven: Manufacturers weave the gauze to help promote the movement of fluid away from the wound and deeper into the dressing.
  • Non-Woven: To allow for more absorbency
  • Polyester/Rayon Blend: Polyester/rayon blend sponges are very absorbent and are a great alternative to gauze. If you are looking for a drain sponge specifically, consider a polyester/rayon blend drain sponge for better absorbency.


  • Pads and Their Use

    Pads tend to be thinner than sponges and, therefore, less absorbent. Pads are ideal for dressing wounds with no or minimal fluid. Your healthcare provider may recommend pads vs. sponges, depending on the wound type and your health history.

    Gauze pads come in various sizes ranging from 2x2 inches for minor wounds to 6x8 inches for more extensive wounds. As with sponges, the size of the pad should be larger than the size of the wound to provide protection.

    Pads are often packaged individually and may be labeled as ‘sterile’ or ‘non-sterile. If you are unsure which is the best option, choose a sterile gauze pad to protect your wound from bacteria.

    Pad Materials

    Most wound care pads are made from gauze because it is both absorbent and comfortable. In some cases, the pad may be impregnated with medication or moistened with saline. For instance, if you are dealing with a completely dry wound, a few drops of saline on the pad can help provide a moist environment, ideal for wound healing.


    Ply Options

    Both sponges and gauze pads are available in different ply, which refers to the number of layers within the gauze pad with higher ply numbers indicating increased thickness. Standard ply sizes range from 4 plies to 12 plies; 4 ply is good for mild or moderately exudative wounds, while 12 plies are ideal for highly exudative wounds.

    Your healthcare provider will typically advise about the specific wound care procedures and materials; with wound care and other medical care, it is always recommended that you follow the instructions given by your healthcare provider.