How to Pack a Wound

Dead space in a wound promotes increased bacterial growth. Packing promotes healing from the bottom up and avoids abscess formation at the wound bed.

Procedure for packing a wound

1. Moisten plain woven gauze 4x4 with normal saline, wring out excess.

2. Open up the 4x4, fluff and place loosely into wound bed.

3. Avoid over-packing. Tightly packing the wound causes
pressure on the newly formed tissue and may cause damage.

4. Fill depth of the wound to the surface.

5. Packing should touch all open wound surfaces & fill all open cavities within wound.

6. Repeat as needed. If more than one 4x4 gauze is used, document in medical record the total number used.

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