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an absorbable local hemostatic.
indications It is prescribed to control surgical bleeding and treat pressure ulcers.
contraindications Frank infection, extensive and abnormal bleeding, postpartum bleeding, or menorrhagia prohibits its use.
adverse effects There are no known adverse effects.
A spongy protein derived from animal collagen. It can be used to arrest local bleeding intraoperatively, to embolize blood vessels, or to form a protective coating around recently manipulated tissues.
See also: sponge
gelatin spongeA surgical sponge of sterile water-insoluble gelatin used to control capillary bleeding. The sponge is left in place and will absorb within about six weeks.
a substance obtained by partial hydrolysis of collagen derived from skin, white connective tissue, and bones of animals; used as a suspending agent for various drugs or in manufacture of capsules and suppositories; suggested for intravenous use as a plasma substitute, and has been used as an adjuvant protein food. In absorbable film and sponge, it is used in surgical procedures.
gelatin digestion test
a tube test for the presence of fecal proteases; used in the diagnosis of exocrine pancreatic insufficiency.
gelatin liquefaction test
a biochemical test used for the identification of several bacterial species. Detects the ability of the organism to produce substances which hydrolyze gelatin.
a spongy form of denatured gelatin, soaked with thrombin and used as a hemostatic.
a preparation of zinc oxide, gelatin, glycerin and purified water, applied topically as a protective.