Gauze: FSA Eligibility

Gauze: eligible with a Flexible Savings Account (FSA)
Gauze is eligible for reimbursement with a flexible spending account (FSA), health savings account (HSA), or a health reimbursement arrangement (HRA). Gauze is not eligible with a dependent care flexible spending account (DCFSA) or a limited-purpose flexible spending account (LPFSA).

What is Gauze?

Gauze is a specific type of medical dressing, usually made of bleached white cotton with a specific weaving style that makes it suitable for dressing wounds when there is a risk of sticking or damage by the bandage. Gauze used in medicine is sterilized and may be coated in a substance that aids in healing and/or fights against infections. The type of weave and composition of the gauze is determined by its intended function: gauze may be used to pack a wound, non-selectively debride a wound, securing or padding a wound, cleaning or scrubbing a wound, etc (wiseGEEK).

Gauze comes in a variety of forms for these purposes, including gauze sponges, gauze trays, gauze pads, and gauze rolls. Gauze historically was a thin and translucent fabric with an open weave, which meant that its open pattern had to be woven specifically to retain stability. Gauze was originally used for clothing, and has other applications today, but is now primarily known for its medical uses.

Gauze also has uses in medicine in keeping wounds moist or dry (as needed), protecting wounds from infection, and maintaining pH and temperature levels as needed also. Gauze is used as a dressing ideally when it can promote a sterile environment, allow the wound to breath, and remain moist. This reduces the risk of infection in general, helps the wound heal more quickly, and lowers the amount of resultant scarring. Additional components in a gauze dressing can help with these functions as well (HealthCom Media).

Under IRC 213(d)(1), "medical care includes amounts paid for the diagnosis, cure, mitigation, treatment, or prevention of disease, or for the purpose of affecting any structure or function of the body." This includes medical equipment and devices