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Often when trying to maintain a proper wound healing environment we are often overwhelmed with all the options available to us, and quite often are not sure which ones are most suitable for the individual needs of a particular wound. Today we will try to gather as much information as we can and learn about a fascinating line of dressing’s mad e by 3M called Tegaderm.
Tegaderm is a transparent medical wound dressing manufactured by 3M. Tegadermtransparent dressings can be used to shield and protect wounds and catheter sites.
The many advantages of utilizing a wound care dressing such as Tegaderm include its breathability and its ability to easily conform to the skin so that that it adheres securely in highly mobilized strategic areas such as the fingers and toes.
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One of the most sought after qualities of Tegaderm is that it is perfect for patients with highly sensitive skin and those who might have allergic reactions to materials such asSynthetic Latex and certain types of adhesives. Tegaderm Film Dressing containsnatural rubber latex. Neither the film nor the adhesive on the dressing consist any rubber latex, the adhesive used is a hypoallergenic, single polymer acrylate adhesive formula.
Aside from its skin sensitive formula, Tegaderm features a long shelf life and enhanced durability, and has the strength withstand many things other so called, comparable wound care dressings that claim to be of the same caliber of Tegaderm cannot.
The shelf life for 3M™ Tegaderm™ Film Dressings is three to five years from the date of manufacture.
As with all wound dressing changes it is imperative that the dressing be changed regularly according to doctors directions, although it is not recommended to write directly on the Tegaderm bandage itself, as the pen may puncture the dressing, many sizes of
3M™ Tegaderm™ Film dressing now come with an added bonus of a breathable tape label, which is specifically designed to record dressing change information.
Another challenge that is often faced by medical professionals when it comes to wound care dressings is trying to keep the wound clean by applying disinfectants and certain medications under the dressing while keeping the dressing intact and adhesive to the skin, and will the dressing also interfere with x-rays, requiring the hassle of removal and exposure. When using Tegaderm, it is safe to use disinfectants on wounds that are covered with a 3M™ Tegaderm™ Film Dressing.
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However, it is recommended to be alert to any patient sensitivity to the disinfecting agent, as the dressing may exacerbate any problems resulting from allergic reaction.
When using Tegaderm on patients with fragile skin, it is highly recommended to first make sure that the skin is clean prior to application. When removing the dressing it is beneficial to remove it slowly and carefully in the direction of hair growth. The adhesive bond may be significantly reduced by carefully rubbing a cotton ball soaked in a non- chemically harsh adhesive remover under the dressing. It is of paramount importance to take note that
3M™ Tegaderm™ Film Dressing is not for use on infected wounds.
3M™ Tegaderm™ Film Dressing may be used to shield a wound or site contaminated with MRSA provided that the site is not infected.
One of the great qualities of Tegaderm is that it can be cut to fit awkward body areas such as elbows, heels and sacrum, and is frequently used to dress surgicalincisions or laparoscopy wounds. Full h0meomostasis should be obtained beforeapplying the dressing. The waterproof film dressing protects the wound fromcontamination and allows the patient the freedom to bathe or shower.
I have briefly touched on the benefits and uses of Tegaderm. Please remember that as noted in the beginning of our article, the number of different wound dressings has considerable increased in recent years and this has made selecting a dressing for a specific wound more complicated. A variety of concepts have been devised to structuring and simplifying the process involved in selecting a wound dressing, it is always best to consult with a medical professional that is well versed in these areas to make sure you are providing your patient with the best available options currently available to them
+ Stu Lieberman has been writing about Medical, Health and Beauty Supplies for 3 years; from Vitamins and Supplements to Therapy Equipment to wound care products such as transparent film dressing. Stu uses MedicalSupply123.com for all his personal medical needs.
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