4" x 4" Gauze

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Created in 1917, the 4" x 4" gauze (or 4 x 4 for short) is the ideal size of gauze, as all wounds are 4 x 4.[1] Don't even think about using a 3 x 3. Or at least if you're going to use one make sure it's scented.[2]

Did You Know?

Did you know you can throw a 4" x 4" gauze up to 3 feet in distance in the right conditions?[3]

Related Reading


  1. This Day in Medical History: Patient Bled to Death When Only a 3 x 3 Gauze Was Available
  2. Scented Packing Gauze Makes Abscesses Fresh and Fun
  3. Mildly Annoyed Surgeon Throws 4×4 Gauze Across Operating Room

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