Laparotomy sponges (Lap sponges) are sterile medical devices used during the closing of a wound in the surgical procedure. They are designed to absorb blood and fluids, apply pressure or traction, protect tissues and separate structures, and are generally used for a temporary purpose.
The lap sponges adjust very easily and prevent potential contamination of the wound. They are specifically used for surgical procedures involving the abdominal region. They are intended to keep the surgical site free of body fluids like blood, and also help the surgeon in getting a clear view and a clean workspace.
The material used in the manufacture of lap sponge is 100% cotton and this material ensures a high level of absorbency and softness. These come in a variety of shapes and sizes. They are either sterile or non-sterile. The sterile ones can be applied directly on to the wound but the non-sterile ones are used to soak up fluids when there is no direct contact with the wound. The lap sponges are available as pre-washed or unwashed. The pre-washed option is more effective in absorbing fluids and the most standard choice in surgical procedures.
The lap sponges are available either as X-ray detectable or undetectable form. Sometimes during emergency surgery or in an unexpected change in a surgical procedure, it might so happen that the chances of a lap sponge being accidentally left inside the patient’s body cavity becomes higher, and to prevent this the lap sponges that are X-ray detectable are used for easy recognition or identification. Generally, in the surgical setting, the X-ray detectable lap sponges are preferred. The X-ray detectable sponges have a blue ribbon placed in one of its corners for easy removal.
The sterile lap sponges are packaged in plastic pouches as well as in a tear-open medical grade paper. They are available in various sizes like 25cmx25cm, 30cmX30cm, and 45cmX45cm.
The sterile lap sponges are sterilized with ethylene oxide (EO).
Uses of Lap Sponge:
The lap sponges are widely used in hospitals, clinics, nursing homes, emergency rooms, first aid and in other medical industries. They are also widely used to apply disinfectants, antiseptics and for washing and drying of wounds.
- Coloured radio-opaque handle that remains visible when saturated with blood.
- Greater absorption capacity.
- They are banded in packs of 5 and 40.
- Smooth and soft texture.
- Available in both plain and radio-opaque forms.
- Available in peel-to-open or blister pack pouches.
- A most reliable choice for critical surgical operations.
- It has high retention volume.
Once the package of the product is opened, the sponges should be used in the shortest possible time to prevent contamination. The product should be disposed of in suitable containers for waste as it contains a radioactive thread. Do not reuse this product.
The lap sponges must be stored in good storage conditions. The storage site should be dry and cool. Avoid keeping them in direct sunlight and high temperatures.
Where to buy a Lap Sponge?
Lap Sponges are available in Hyderabad at:
TrueCare Surgicals (Store 1)
Address: H.No 1-100, G2, Hitech City main road, Opposite Indian Oil Petrol Pump, Madhapur, Hyderabad, Telangana 500081.
TrueCare Surgicals (Store 2)
Address: Nizampet X road, Near Sri Holistic Hospital, Behind Vasireddy Swagruha Foods, Kukatpally, Hyderabad, Telangana 500072.