There are several important factors to consider when choosing rolled gauze, because this common first-aid accessory is used to cover and clean open wounds. When choosing rolled gauze, it is important to ensure that the gauze possesses three very important qualities, which are sterilization, ventilation and quality. An ideal roll of gauze should be sterilized to prevent infection and should be relatively thin to allow the cut or wound to breathe or remain dry. It also should be sturdy and resistant to fraying in order to prevent any of the gauze from sticking to the cut or wound, which can be very painful.
Rolled gauze is created to make direct contact with open wounds. To prevent infection or contamination by the gauze, it is important to ensure that the package clearly states that the contents contained are in fact sterilized and the package its self is free of any punctures or holes. In addition, the rolled gauze itself should be inspected to ensure that it is not too thick or too tightly woven, or it could prevent ventilation to a cut or abrasion.
Rolled gauze can be found at any pharmacy or shopping center that sells first aid items, and it usually is very inexpensive. When shopping for rolled gauze, it is important to do your shopping at a store with a large selection so that your options are not limited. Also, it is important not to be afraid to check the product for quality and sterilization before you buy it. If you find that you need to actually open the package in order to fully inspect the product, however, it is recommended that you ask a store representative to open the package for you to avoid any conflict or misunderstandings.
In addition, keep in mind that before administering rolled gauze to an injured person, it is important to assess the severity of the injury. Any moderate-to-severe injuries should be treated by a medical doctor. When applying gauze to a minor wound, it is important to inspect the gauze package before use to ensure that the package is intact. Do not administer or purchase any gauze that has not been stored in a sterilized intact package, or there could be a risk of infection.