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3M Tegaderm Film

Marc Kaplan explains the benefits of and how to apply 3M Tegaderm Film.

Often you can find yourself having a trouble healing minor wounds in hard to reach places. This might include between your fingers, toes or almost anywhere on your body. Standard bandages can sometimes not help due to their nature of not maintaining their application. I am sure many of you have come across this type of difficulty in your lives.

However, there are some affordable options available to you to help these small wounds in these tough spots. This is where we would like to introduce you to Tegaderm. Tegaderm is a medical transparent film dressing used to cover minor skin injuries and puncture sites. The most important advantage of 3M Tegaderm film is its breathability and flexibility with movements, thus, making it perfect for areas such as fingers and toes.

Benefits of 3M Tegaderm film

3M Tegaderm Film is transparent and flexes for added patient's comfort. It provides a sterile, waterproof barrier to outside contaminants including bacteria and viruses. Because of its transparency, the wound site is continuously visible and can be monitored as necessary. Its hypoallergenic components make it safe to use by patients with sensitive skin. The product is fabricated from a material that allows the exchange of oxygen and vapor moisture, allowing the wound to heal quickly with minimal scarring. The chemical properties of the Tegaderm film prevent the necrotic tissue from forming.

One of the most beneficial properties of 3M Tegaderm film is its ability to allow the wound to heal itself spontaneously. Also called autolytic debridement, the process encompasses self-digestion of the dying tissue by maintaining proper moisture levels under the dressing. This method of wound-care results in expedited healing time with minimal discomfort.

How to Properly Place the Dressing

A person can place the dressing themselves if they follow a few simple rules. Hands should be thoroughly washed and disinfected with an antiseptic soap or liquid. The wound must not be infected. Tegaderm transparent film dressing should be changed at least once per week. If any visible signs of irritation are present, the dressing should be removed. Below are the steps to correct placement of the dressing.

  • The wound is cleaned with rubbing alcohol or other anti-bacterial solution using disposable swabs.
  • Sufficient amount of time is allowed for the skin to completely dry. The air should not be blown on the wound as it may become contaminated by the bacteria from the mouth.
  • The dressing can be cut to the size of the wound with extra five millimeters on each side for proper adhesion.
  • The paper backing is removed to expose the adhering side.
  • Tegaderm dressing is placed over the wound and pressed lightly for better adhesion.
  • The paper frame is removed and the edges of the film are pressed firmly onto the skin.

Transparent film dressings allow people to lead normal lives without having to worry about infections and inflammations. Specially designed for everyday use, 3M Tegaderm film provides firm protection of wounds even when bathing or swimming. The inner environment remains sterile allowing for faster wound healing. Regular replacements of the wound dressing will ensure steady protection and minimal discomfort.

Commonly Used Types of Tegaderm Available

1624W is an octagon frame style dressing that is appropriately sized for small areas of the skin such as small burn wounds or abrasions. Although it is typically placed by a physician, it can be also easily applied by the patients themselves. It is often used to secure small chronic wounds that need frequent replacement. It is manufactured in size 2 3/8" x 2 3/4" for added ease of positioning during the application.

1626W is a rectangle picture style dressing that is manufactured in size of 4" x 4 3/4". It is recommended as a protective eyelid dressing covering. This 3M transparent film dressing size allows for an additional skin protection for patients with slightly larger wounds.

Both 1624W and 1626W can be cut to any size and shape, and they provide superb viral protection without leakage. Because of their strategic shape, these wound dressing allow for accurate placement and clear view of the wound. In addition, they are suitable as a secondary dressing. Peel-open style provides quick and painless adhesion to the skin.

Although there are only two options listed above, there are a variety of options available in all different styles. You can find larger size dressings for larger wounds, all depending on the size needed. Tegaderm is used for a wide variety of healing applications ranging from anything small to larger incisions. Surprisingly it's even used after people finalizing receiving tattoos. It's breathability is extremely helpful for this healing process.

On to you

Now that you have a better idea of an approach to healing these minor types of wounds, do you think this is something you could use in the future? We highly recommend having these types of dressings in your first aid packs so when moments come where you are having trouble healing small wounds, you have alternatives to reach for. Thank you for taking the time to read about new ways of healing wounds and we hope you find this content useful.


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About the Author

Marc Kaplan is founder and CEO of Save Rite Medical, the leading provider of wholesale medical supplies. Since 2006, Marc has provided ways and alternatives to living a healthier lifestyle while fostering a community of health education.

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