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What is gauze?

Medical gauze is a type of woven cloth that is generally used for wound care to protect wounds, absorb exudate, and cushion the wound. There are many different types of gauze that serve specific first aid purposes. These include sterile and non-sterile gauze sponges, non-woven gauze, and gauze wraps.

What is medical gauze used for?

There are several uses for gauze wound dressings. Sterile gauze pads are great for absorbing fluid from wounds, as well as prepping wounds and surgical sites. Non-sterile gauze is ideal for cushioning bruised areas of the body.

Additional Information

Sterile Gauze

Sterile gauze is individually wrapped and is specially treated to resist bacteria. These properties make sterile gauze ideal for use on open wounds that are vulnerable to infection.

Non-Sterile Gauze

Non-sterile gauze is more suitable for use on closed wounds that are not infected. Non-sterile gauze tends to be less expensive than sterile gauze.

Non-Woven Gauze

Non-woven gauze is made from fibers that are pressed, rather than being woven together. This forms a tighter material, which increases absorbency. The non-woven pattern also tends to produce less lint than traditional woven gauze. Non-woven gauze sponges are ideal for use as a primary dressing that comes into direct contact with your wound because it’s highly absorbent.

Woven Gauze

Woven gauze is made from cotton fibers that are woven loosely. Mainly used as a second dressing rather than a primary because it more likely to produce lint and is less absorbent. Used for applications that require coverage and breathability rather than absorption.

Gauze Wraps

Gauze wraps, also called gauze rolls or gauze bandage rolls, come in long sheets that can be cut to the length you need. They are designed to wrap around body parts such as arms, legs, and the abdomen. Gauze rolls are kept in place with adhesive medical tape. This type of gauze is not very absorbent, so it is not typically used directly on wounds. Instead, it is used as a secondary dressing to hold primary dressings in place.

Order supplies for applying medical gauze

When applying medical gauze, ensure the wound is both clean and dry. The type of gauze you use will depend on whether or not you’re packing a wound. As we discussed earlier, for a deep wound you want sterile, non woven gauze to protect the wound from infection. You will also need the following supplies:


Having these supplies on hand will help minimize pain, infection and any other potential illness. Ensure that you don’t touch any other non sterile surface before administering aid to avoid cross contamination.


Please visit our blog for additional information on the different types of gauze or shop our extensive collection of first aid supplies to keep your wounds clean and cared for.

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AMD Ritmed - Conforming Non-Sterile Cotton Stretch Gauze

  • Breathable cotton construction
  • Perfect item for any first-aid kit
  • Great for securing wound dressings
From: $4.94
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AMD Ritmed - Non-Sterile Krimped Gauze Bandage Rolls

  • 6-Ply roll
  • Ideal first aid accessory
  • Krimped bandage rolls are great for securing wound dressings
From: $1.11
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AMD Ritmed - Post-op Sterile Sponges

  • Multi-layer stretch cotton gauze cover
  • Cellulose/cotton fill for maximum absorption
  • Two bandages in each pack
From: $4.99
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AMD Ritmed - Sterile ABD Pads

  • Individually wrapped
  • Highly absorbent cotton gauze pad
  • Versatile multi-purpose stretch cotton bandage
  • 5" x 9": box of 20, case of 20 boxes (400)
  • 7 1/2" x 8": box of 12, case of 20 boxes (240)
  • 8" x 10": box of 24, case of 15 boxes (360)
From: $6.66
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AMD Ritmed - Sterile Krimped Gauze Bandage Rolls

  • 6 Ply bandage roll
  • Ideal first aid accessory
  • Krimped bandage rolls are great for securing wound dressings
  • Each, case of 100
From: $1.45
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Covidien Curity - Non-Sterile Gauze Sponge

  • U.S.P. type VII non-sterile gauze
  • Ideal use for dressing, prepping, packing, or cleaning wounds
  • 8, 12, or 32 Ply
From: $11.45
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Covidien Curity - Nonwoven All-Purpose Gauze Sponges

  • 4 Ply
  • Virtually lint free
  • 40% heavier than imported brands
From: $9.95
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Covidien Curity - Sterile Abdominal Pad

  • Highly absorbent wound dressing
  • Sealed edges to prevent leakage and lint residue
  • Individually wrapped and available in three sizes
  • Wet proof barrier
  • 5" x 9": box of 36, case of 12 boxes (432)
  • 7 1/2" x 8": box of 18, case of 12 boxes (216)
  • 8" x 10": box of 18, case of 12 boxes (216)
From: $8.45
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Covidien Curity - Sterile Gauze Sponges

  • Ply size: 8, 12
  • Sponge size: 2" x 2", 3" x 3", 4' x 4"
  • U.S.P. type VII sterile gauze sponges
  • 2" x 2" (8-ply only): box of 50, case of 24 boxes (1200)
  • 3" x 3" (12-ply only): bof of 50, case of 48 boxes (2400)
  • 4" x 4": box of 50, case of 24 or 48 boxes (1200 or 2400)
From: $4.64
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Covidien Curity - Wound Packing Strip

  • 100% cotton
  • Used for open wound healing
  • Fine mesh gauze
  • Ideal for wet to dry wound packing
From: $4.95
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Dynarex - General Use 4" x 4" Non-sterile Gauze Sponges

  • Uncut to reduce lint
  • USP Type VII Gauze
  • 8 Ply or 12 Ply
From: $4.94
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Dynarex - General Use Sterile Gauze Sponges

  • Low lint potential
  • USP Type VII Gauze
  • Ply Size: 8 ply or 12 ply
From: $2.48
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Dynarex - Non-Sterile Non-woven Gauze Sponges

  • Extremely absorbent
  • Less linting than standard gauze
  • Ideal for wound dressings, prepping, scrubbing, or general purpose cleansing
  • 2" x 2" and 3" x 3": bag of 200, case of 20 bags (4000) 4" x 4": bag of 200, case of 10 bags (2000)
From: $1.46
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Dynarex - Sterile Non-woven Gauze Sponges

  • Sterile
  • 4-ply non-woven
  • Extremely absorbent
  • Less linting than standard gauze
  • Ideal for wound dressings, prepping and scrubbing, general purpose cleansing
  • 2" x 2": box of 50 packs (100), case of 30 boxes (3000)
  • 3" x 3": box of 50 packs (100), case of 24 boxes (2400)
  • 4" x 4": box of 25 packs (50), case of 24 boxes (1200)
From: $2.17
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Kerlix - Non-Sterile Gauze Bandage

  • 6 ply rolls
  • Protects and cushions wounds
  • Helps to prevent infection and quickly absorbs fluids
  • Made from woven, pre-washed, crinkle weave gauze
From: $0.88
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Kerlix - Sterile Gauze Bandage

  • 6 ply roll
  • Protects and cushions wounds
  • Helps to prevent infection and quickly absorbs fluids
  • Made from woven, pre-washed, crinkle-weave gauze
  • 2 1/4": each, case of 96
  • 3 1/2": each, case of 96
  • 4 1/2": each, case of 100
From: $1.43
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Medline - Woven Non-Sterile Gauze Sponges

  • 12 Ply
  • Single use cotton squares
  • Sanitary way to clean wounds
  • Essential for first aid kits
From: $12.45
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Medline Avant - Non-Sterile Gauze Sponges with Non-Woven Formed Fabric

  • Less lint than standard gauze sponges
  • Non-woven four ply rayon/polyester blend
  • Gauze sponge wound dressing is less likely to stick to wound
  • Wound dressing for use in absorption, wicking, and wound release
From: $6.95
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ProAdvantage - Non-sterile Gauze Sponges

  • Economical
  • Absorbent and breathable
  • Ideal for home, office, or First-Aid kit
  • 2"x2" 8-ply: package of 200, case of 25 packages
  • 2"x2" 12-ply: package of 200, case of 40 packages
  • 3"x3" 8-ply: package of 200, case of 20 packages
  • 3"x3" 12-ply: package of 200, case of 20 packages
  • 4"x4" 8-ply: package of 200, case of 20 packages
  • 4"x4" 12-ply: package of 200, case of 10 packages
From: $2.38
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ProAdvantage - Sterile Cotton Gauze Sponges (12 ply)

  • Breathable and absorbent
  • Economical
  • First aid kit accessory
  • 12 ply sterile cotton gauze sponges
From: $5.63
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ProAdvantage - Sterile Cotton Gauze Sponges (8 ply)

  • 8-Ply
  • Absorbent and breathable
  • Economical wound care product
  • Perfect for the home, office, or First-Aid kit
From: $3.47
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Covidien Curity - Non-sterile Cover Sponges

  • 4" x 4"
  • Non woven gauze sponge
  • Latex free
  • Ideal for moderate to high exuding wounds
From: $7.45
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Covidien Curity - Sterile Gauze Bandage

  • Multi-use gauze rolls
  • Highly absorbent
  • Ideal for use with IV's and dressings
  • Each roll is 75" long
From: $10.95
Picture of Medline - Bordered Gauze Adhesive Island Dressing

Medline - Bordered Gauze Adhesive Island Dressing

  • Latex free
  • Sterile
  • Soft gauze pad with adhesive border
  • Use as a primary or secondary dressing
From: $21.45
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Covidien Curity - Non-woven Cover Sponges

  • Designed for general use with heavy to moderate exuding wounds
  • Cellulose wadding filling covered in non-woven fabric
  • Economical wound covering
  • Made in the USA
From: $5.95
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Covidien Dermacea - USP Type VII Gauze Sponges

  • Meet USP Type VII requirements
  • Nonwoven and nonsterile
  • 4" x 4" gauze sponge
  • Made from 100% cotton
  • Use for a variety of wound applications
From: $5.57
Picture of Kerlix 8-Ply Sterile Bandage Roll

Kerlix 8-Ply Sterile Bandage Roll

  • 8-ply gauze
  • Sterile gauze bandage
  • Made of pre-washed, fluff-dried cotton
  • 4.5" wide
  • Absorbs exudate and cushions wounds
From: $2.48
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MPM Medical WoundGard - Sterile Bordered Gauze Dressing

  • A non-adherent absorbent gauze dressing
  • Sterile dressing
  • Protects wounds from infection and drainage strike through
  • Absorbs drainage while helping to maintain a moist environment for healing
  • Self-adherent wound dressing eliminates the need for scissors, tape, and gauze
  • Box of 30, case of 4 boxes (120)
From: $10.08
Product Information

What is gauze?

Medical gauze is a type of woven cloth that is generally used for wound care to protect wounds, absorb exudate, and cushion the wound. There are many different types of gauze that serve specific first aid purposes. These include sterile and non-sterile gauze sponges, non-woven gauze, and gauze wraps.

What is medical gauze used for?

There are several uses for gauze wound dressings. Sterile gauze pads are great for absorbing fluid from wounds, as well as prepping wounds and surgical sites. Non-sterile gauze is ideal for cushioning bruised areas of the body.

Additional Information

Sterile Gauze

Sterile gauze is individually wrapped and is specially treated to resist bacteria. These properties make sterile gauze ideal for use on open wounds that are vulnerable to infection.

Non-Sterile Gauze

Non-sterile gauze is more suitable for use on closed wounds that are not infected. Non-sterile gauze tends to be less expensive than sterile gauze.

Non-Woven Gauze

Non-woven gauze is made from fibers that are pressed, rather than being woven together. This forms a tighter material, which increases absorbency. The non-woven pattern also tends to produce less lint than traditional woven gauze. Non-woven gauze sponges are ideal for use as a primary dressing that comes into direct contact with your wound because it’s highly absorbent.

Woven Gauze

Woven gauze is made from cotton fibers that are woven loosely. Mainly used as a second dressing rather than a primary because it more likely to produce lint and is less absorbent. Used for applications that require coverage and breathability rather than absorption.

Gauze Wraps

Gauze wraps, also called gauze rolls or gauze bandage rolls, come in long sheets that can be cut to the length you need. They are designed to wrap around body parts such as arms, legs, and the abdomen. Gauze rolls are kept in place with adhesive medical tape. This type of gauze is not very absorbent, so it is not typically used directly on wounds. Instead, it is used as a secondary dressing to hold primary dressings in place.

Order supplies for applying medical gauze

When applying medical gauze, ensure the wound is both clean and dry. The type of gauze you use will depend on whether or not you’re packing a wound. As we discussed earlier, for a deep wound you want sterile, non woven gauze to protect the wound from infection. You will also need the following supplies:


Having these supplies on hand will help minimize pain, infection and any other potential illness. Ensure that you don’t touch any other non sterile surface before administering aid to avoid cross contamination.


Please visit our blog for additional information on the different types of gauze or shop our extensive collection of first aid supplies to keep your wounds clean and cared for.

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