Wound packing is performed by clinical staff for substantial wounds that are deep or tunnel under the skin.
The wound filler is often made of a sterile gauze or foam that is designed to be inserted into the wound bed to soak up blood and other exudate material for a better healing environment.
Some of the gauze used in the packing material is impregnated with medication or other substances to prevent necrotic tissue and other unwanted cell growth and micro-organisms that will interfere with healthy progress.
Iodoform gauze is a saturated gauze fabric that uses the antimicrobial and healing properties of iodoform.
Iodoform gauze dressings are often used in clinical settings for patients who have infected wounds that may have build-up of necrotic or dead tissue.