Standard Dressings

This group of surgical dressings includes some standardized compound dressings described in the British Pharmaceutical Codex (BPC) and other official publications. These dressings are prepared ready for use and consist of a pad· of medicated cotton wool, gauze or lint stitched to an open-wove bandage at certain distance from one end. The longer end of the bandage is rolled and placed inside the pad and the other end is wound round the rolled pad. The complete dressing is wrapped in impermeable paper and sterilized. However, in case of standard elastic adhesive dressings, the pad is fixed to a base of elastic adhesive cotton fabric, and no bandage is required. These dressings are not sterilized.

The Standard Dressings of B.P.C. are numbered 1 to 15 and variously named as follows:

Standard Dressing No. 1:

This dressing is also known as Double Cyanide Dressing and consists of separate pieces of Double cyanide gauze, Absorbent cotton wool and an open wove bandage, all wrapped together and sterilized.

Standard Dressing No. 2:

This Standard dressing, which is also known as Fomentation Dressing, consists of separate pieces of Boric acid lint, Absorbent cotton wool and an open wove bandage. all wrapped together and sterilized.

Standard Dressings No. 3, 4, 5 and 6:

They are collectively known as Elastic Adhesive Wound Dressings and differ from each other only in size. All of them consist of a pad fixed centrally to a flesh coloured elastic cotton fabric with an adhesive margin all round. The pad is made up of a strip of lint enclosed in one ply Muslin bandage, both medicated with about 5 percent of boric acid and tinted pink with a dye.

Standard Dressing No. 7:

This is a Plain lint Finger dressing, which consists of a sterile unmedicated open-ended tubular bandage. This dressing is used as a wound dressing for fingers and toes.

Standard Dressings No. B and 9:

These are also sterile Plain lint dressings, which consist of an unmedicated pad of absorbent cotton wool faced with a rectangular piece of lint attached lengthwise to an open-wove bandage. These dressings differing only in their sizes are used as wound dressings for hands and feet.

Standard Dressing No.10:

It is also known as Medicated lint Finger dressing. It is a medicated (usually with Euflavine) version of the Standard Dressing No. 7 and is used for the treatment of mild burns of fingers and toes.

Standard Dressings No.11 and 12:

They are popularly known as Bum Dressings. These dressing are the medicated (with Euflavine) versions of Plain lint dressings (Standard Dressings No. 8 and 9). They are used for the treatment of mild burns of hands, feet, and larger areas.

Standard Dressings No. 13, 14 and 15:

These unmedicated dressings are commonly referred to as Plain Wound Dressings and are prepared in three different sizes: small (13) medium (14) and large (15). They consist of a pad of Absorbent cotton wool, enclosed in Absorbent gauze and attached to an open wove bandage. They are sterile dressings. These are used as protective and absorbent dressings for wounds.

Standard Dressing No.16:

This Is also known as Eye pad with bandage, which consists of a 150 mm by 75 mm oval-shaped pad of cotton wool covered on both sides with Muslin. The pad is long1tudtnally attached to a piece of open-wove bandage and is sterilized. The dressing is used as protective covering of the eye.

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