COMPRESS, abdominal, 45x45 cm, 4 layers, 17 threads, sterile


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The product is supplied (and stored) sterile, it must remain sterile until its use. Sterile = state of being free from all living microorganisms.
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M0201030201 - Laparotomy cotton gauzes, with x-ray detectable thread, sterile
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COMPRESS, abdominal


Sterile thick and large compress, fitted with a loop and an X-ray contrast strip sewn in and stabilizing seams. Laparotomy swabs are intended for direct use in the operating room. They are used for holding and retaining organs and tissues as well as for haemostasis and absorbing body fluids during surgery. They are intended for short term use (up to 24 hours)


laparotomy sponge


Quality standards

EN 14079, 2003, Non-active medical devices - Performance requirements and test methods for absorbent cotton gauze and absorbent cotton and viscose gauze

Technical specifications

  • Absorbent gauze, woven, 100 % pre-washed cotton
  • Does not contain any active substance
  • 17 - 20 threads/cm²
  • Weight: 23 - 27 g/m²
  • Size: unfolded = 45 cm x 45 cm +/- 1 cm, folded = 11.5 x 11.5 cm +/- 5mm
  • 4 or 6 stitched layers
  • X-ray detectable strip (PVC + barium sulfate)
  • Turned in, overcast edges, ensuring high strength and no free thread
  • Coloured loop for holding
  • Sterile, for single use

Packaging & Labelling

Presentation in double packaging either 2 peelable pockets or a Pasteur folded crepe paper and a peelable pouch. Some packages may contain a label for tracability.

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