ABD gauze pads are made from highly absorbent layers of non-woven material that wicks moisture away from the wound area. These absorbent abdominal pads have a fluff filler that pulls fluid deep into the dressing to prevent maceration. The sealed edges and backing help eliminate lint and exudate from seeping through the bandage. ABD pads can be used as a primary dressing or a secondary dressing if extra absorption is needed. They are commonly used to dress burns, post-surgery incisions, and wounds with heavy leakage.
ABD pads do not typically have an adhesive border, so they will need to be held in place with a secondary dressing. There are a few options of secondary dressings to choose from, such as a Coban wrap or a gauze bandage. These medical bandages hold dressings in place without adhesive, making them ideal for people with delicate skin or adhesive allergies.
What is an ABD pad?
An ABD pad is a gauze dressing that absorbs fluid from large or heavily draining wounds. Although these extra-absorbent dressings were initially designed to be used for abdominal wounds, they are suitable for large wound sites in other areas of the body as well.
What does ABD pad stand for?
ABD stands for "army battle dressing." These bandages were developed for soldiers who needed wound care during military combat.