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Packing strips, non-impregnated, sterile, up to 2 inches in width, per linear yard

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Name of the Procedure:

Packing Strips Application

  • Common Name: Packing strips
  • Medical Term: A6407 - Packing strips, non-impregnated, sterile, up to 2 inches in width, per linear yard.


Packing strips are sterile, non-impregnated strips used to fill open wounds or cavities. They help in wound healing by absorbing exudate, keeping the wound clean, and facilitating drainage.


  • Medical Conditions Addressed: Open wounds, abscesses, post-surgical sites, and cavities.
  • Goals/Expected Outcomes: Promote healing by maintaining a clean wound environment, prevent infection, and allow proper drainage.


  • Symptoms/Conditions: Presence of open wounds or cavities that require packing for proper healing.
  • Patient Criteria: Any patient with an appropriate wound type that necessitates the use of sterile packing strips.


  • Pre-procedure Instructions: Cleanse the wound area thoroughly. No specific fasting or medication adjustments unless advised by the healthcare provider.
  • Diagnostic Tests: Typically, no additional diagnostics are needed unless specified by the wound care specialist.

Procedure Description

  1. Step-by-Step Explanation:
    1. Clean the wound with a sterile solution.
    2. Open the sterile packing strip package.
    3. Using sterile gloves and tools, gently insert the packing strip into the wound or cavity.
    4. Ensure the strip is in contact with all wound surfaces but not overly tight.
    5. Secure the packing in place as per wound care guidelines.
  2. Tools/Equipment Used: Sterile packing strips, sterile gloves, wound cleaning solution, sterile forceps or applicators.
  3. Anesthesia/Sedation: Typically, none is required, unless the wound is exceptionally painful, in which case a local anesthetic may be used.


  • Time Taken: The procedure typically takes about 10-20 minutes, depending on the wound size and complexity.


  • Location: This is usually performed in a hospital, outpatient clinic, or a wound care center.


  • Healthcare Professionals Involved: Nurses, wound care specialists, primary care physicians, or surgeons.

Risks and Complications

  • Common Risks: Mild discomfort or pain during application, minor bleeding.
  • Rare Risks: Infection, allergic reaction to materials, delayed wound healing.
  • Management of Complications: Monitoring, additional wound cleaning, antibiotics if infection occurs.


  • Expected Benefits: Reduced risk of infection, enhanced wound drainage, and quicker healing.
  • Timeliness: Benefits can be noticed within a few days, depending on the wound’s condition and patient’s health.


  • Post-procedure Care: Keep the wound clean and dry. Follow-up appointments for dressing changes.
  • Recovery Time: Varies based on wound type and patient health; typically, a few weeks to several months.
  • Restrictions: Minimal activity restrictions unless specified; avoid contaminating the wound site.


  • Other Treatment Options: Impregnated packing strips, negative pressure wound therapy, regular dressings.
  • Pros and Cons:
    • Impregnated Packing Strips: Enhanced infection control but might be more expensive.
    • Negative Pressure Wound Therapy: Effective for large wounds but requires specialized equipment.
    • Regular Dressings: Easier to apply but may need more frequent changes and may not facilitate drainage as effectively.

Patient Experience

  • During the Procedure: Mild discomfort or pain as the strip is inserted; generally well-tolerated.
  • After the Procedure: Some soreness or pain at the wound site; managed with over-the-counter pain relievers. Improved comfort and wound condition observed with proper care.

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