Adaptic vs Vaseline Gauze

  1. Please help. Is Adaptic the same as Vaseline Gauze? I have an order to use Adaptic on a wound but other nurses are placing Vaseline Gauze. My supervisor says they are the same dressings, but I disagree. She never listens or acknowledges that she may be wrong. That's a whole different problem though! At my last facility they were not interchangeable/compatible dressings. That's why I question this. Thanks so much!!
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  3. by   BBP42
    They are in my experience used for the same purpose, to keep a secondary dressing from adhering to skin and keep wound bed moist. I have worked in a facility where they substituted freely based on what cost less when supplies were ordered. I doubt there is a specific written guideline to go to, so I would listen to my supervisor and not waste time trying to get her to admit she is wrong. That isn't going to do you any favors.
  4. by   marienm, RN, CCRN
    I agree they are not the same product...one look at them will prove that. However, whether they're interchangeable depends on the wound. I work in burns and we use Adaptic to keep the absorbent gauze dressings from sticking to the burn while letting out the drainage. I think of Vaseline gauze as best for wrapping around chest tubes (where it's pretty much occlusive) or laid over shallow wounds that don't drain too much.
  5. by   NurseAsh0912
    User BBP, I only ask because I am concerned and care about the patients would healing. I think your extra comments were unnecessary, thanks!

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