Abdominal pads are absorbent, fibrous sheets used for abdominal wound care. They are placed over the wound after surgery in order to keep the site clean, protected, and allow time for healing. The pads come in a variety of sizes and styles, allowing you to choose the one that best meets your needs.
Sterile Pads Sterile pads have gone through a sterilization process that renders them free of impurities and bacteria, which makes them ideal for new or open wounds. They are designed to draw liquid away from the wound, which keeps the area clean and helps to prevent infection. Use sterile abdominal pads for packing open wounds and to wick drainage away from the site of an injury or incision.
Non-Sterile Pads Non-sterile pads are used for closed and healing wounds as a means of providing protection and extra cushioning to allow the wound to continue to heal. They can also be layered on top of sterile pads as an additional wicking mechanism and protective barrier. Non-sterile pads can be fastened with surgical tape or gauze bandages to ensure that they remain in place over the wound.
Binders Abdominal binders are elastic wraps designed to support the core muscles in times of injury or stress, and they may be used in the instance of abdominal surgery, postpartum, broken ribs, or a hernia to provide support, pain relief, and comfort. Binders can serve as a means of keeping non-sterile pads in place over a wound, or they can be used during core exercises in order to provide extra support to the back and abdominal muscles. Abdominal binders are designed with flexible materials to prevent bunching and rolling to maintain maximum comfort.