Wounds come in various sizes and shapes, thus each entails specific treatment and bandaging to guarantee proper healing and avoid infection. The tulle gras finger dressing initially started in France which is a type of bandaging in which a soft paraffin fabric is used together with olive oil and Peruvian balsam to prevent the fabric from sticking on the wound. On the other hand, this type of bandaging would require another dressing since it is not absorbent. This is commonly used with gauze cloths that contain paraffin for second-degree burns or together with antiseptics to prevent or treat infection.
Steps in applying a tulle gras finger dressing
Select the right tulle gras dressing before performing first aid. There are certain varieties of tulle gras dressings to choose from:
Jelonet – this is a non-medicated leno weave dressing that is made out of soft paraffin. It provides a soothing effect and facilitates easy drainage. Since it is not medicated, it can be used together with any topical antibiotic or antiseptic. This dressing can be used for minor burns and wounds involving skin loss.
Bactigras – this is made out of leno weave and soft paraffin and comprised of small percentage of chlorhexidine acetate. This is utilized to minimize the development of infection on traumatic, surgical and ulcerative wounds. It can also be used on infected wounds along with an antibacterial or topical solution. The dressing provides a soothing effect and allows the wound to drain to the secondary dressing.
Cuticerin – made out of smooth acetate fabric with water-repellant ointment layer. It reduces pain when dressings are changed and allows the air to circulate within the dressing. The dressing is used for severe wounds such as abrasions and burns.
Cleaning the wound
The wound on the finger must be cleaned using cotton swabs that were dipped in rubbing alcohol. Take note that this can sting, but it is vital that the wound is clean and properly disinfected before applying the dressing.
Preparing the dressing
Remove the tulle gras dressing from its package. These dressings are available in various sizes and can contain medication to heal the wounds. The dressings are placed between two sheets of thin paper or a plastic film. Avoid removing the film or paper yet. With scissors, cut the tulle gras dressing unless it is already precut so that it suitably fits the wound and covers the finger at least once.
Apply an antiseptic over the wound if needed. A thin layer that completely covers the wound is enough. Detach the protective film or paper on one side of the tulle gras dressing. You have to wear gloves or use tweezers that were disinfected when placing the tulle grass dressing on the wound with the unwrapped side over the wound. Wrap the dressing over the finger using your hand and peel off the paper or film from the wrapped side. You can easily see the wound through the dressing.
Wrap the gauze around the finger until the wound is completely covered and until it is comfortable to the individual. You can cut the gauze with scissors and secure in place with a first aid tape unless the pads are adhesive.
Change the dressing as instructed by your doctor, either daily or less frequently. Once the dressing is removed, the skin must be properly cleaned and disinfected before a new set of dressing is applied.