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Author: Andrew Heenan RGN RMN BA(Hons)

This article includes a range of impregnated dressings from Drug Tariff [1]. Paraffin Gauze (tulle gras) dressings have not been included, as they are largely obsolete; for over 10 years, virtually every trial conducted has shown a better product for virtually every conceivable use.

A new generation of impregnated dressings has found new chemicals, with some therepeutic value, and without the disavantages of the old 'parafin gauze plus ..' dressings.

Silver impregnated wound dressings feature in a separate article.

Proprietary names are included for convenience; prices are for individual sterile-packed items (unless otherwise stated); these are only a guide to the true cost. Sizes are in cm.

Sterile one-piece pack containing a single piece of impregnated gauze

Dressing Impregnated with dialkylcarbamoyl chloride

Product

Size

Price

Cutimed Sorbact Dressing Pad7cm x 9cm£3.26
10cm x 10cm£5.10
10cm x 20cm£7.95

Cutimed Sorbact Swab

4cm x 6cm£1.53
7cm x 9cm£2.55



Knitted polyester primary dressing impregnated with neutral triglycerides

Product

Size

Price

Atrauman 

5cm x 5cm

25p 

7.5cm x 10cm

26p 

10cm x 20cm

58p 

20cm x 30cm 161p

Iodine Fabric Dressing, Gels, etc.

Product

Size / Weight

Price

Hyiodine 50g  £35.00

Inadine 
(povidone-iodine fabric dressing)

5cm x 5cm32p

9.5cm x 9.5cm

48p

Iodoflex Paste 5g £3.88
10g  £7.76
17g £12.29
Iodosorb Ointment 10g tube £4.29
20g tube   £8.58
Iodosorb Powder3g  £1.84

References

1. Prescription Pricing Authority, Department of Health. Drug Tariff. London: The Stationery Office, June 2011.

Article Updated: June 2011

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