nasal packing application removal

Nasal packing is the application of sterile tampons to the nasal chambers. The most common purpose of nasal packing is to control bleeding and provide support to the septum following surgery and nasal reconstruction. It is also used to treat chronic nosebleeds (Stool et al 1996). The nasal packing is made out of synthetic open cell foam polymer of hydroxylated polyvinyl acetal. The surface is smooth so it can not stick to the tissue and reduces bacterial growth. The nasal packs are stitched together at the end of the nose. They can hold 25 times their initial weight (Martelli 2002). /NHS

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