Which medical equipment is need to perform anterior nasal packing for epistaxis?

Updated: May 09, 2018
  • Author: Eric Goralnick, MD; Chief Editor: Arlen D Meyers, MD, MBA  more...
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Equipment includes the following:

  • Gloves

  • Eye shield

  • Procedure lighting (best to use a headlamp)

  • Tape

  • Cotton

  • Tongue depressors

  • Commercially produced nasal tampon - Gelfoam (absorbable gelatin), Surgicel (oxidized cellulose), Merocel nasal tampon (see the first and second images below)

  • Rapid Rhino anterior balloon tampon (see the third image below)

  • Topical vasoconstrictors and anesthetics

  • Nasal speculum (see the fourth image below)

  • Suction apparatus (Frazier suction tip) (see the fifth image below)

  • Silver nitrate cautery sticks (see the sixth image below)

  • Epistaxis tray, which at some institutions includes many of the components mentioned above (see the seventh image below)

Merocel nasal packing with airway, 8 cm. Merocel nasal packing with airway, 8 cm.
Smaller Merocel epistaxis pack. Smaller Merocel epistaxis pack.
Rapid Rhino anterior balloon tampon. Rapid Rhino anterior balloon tampon.
Nasal speculum. Nasal speculum.
Frazier suction tip. Frazier suction tip.
Silver nitrate sticks. Silver nitrate sticks.
Epistaxis tray. Epistaxis tray.

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