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Transparent Dressings & Films - Wound Care

Transparent Dressings also know as Transparent Film Dressings are durable, flexible, and waterproof to ensure protection of the wound. Their transparency is perfect for monitoring the wound site or to help protect and secure catheters and IVs. Being flexible makes them ideal for wounds in awkwardly shaped areas like elbows or knees. Transparent film dressings also create a nice sealed area to keep moisture in for healing while keeping harmful bacteria out. Also, due to their waterproof design, showering and bathing are possible without removal. These films form strong adhesive bonds making them perfect for securing other dressings. They are latex free and hypoallergenic.

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A few things you may need to know before you make your purchase are: the purpose, which choice is best for you, and how to apply the wound dressing.

What is the Purpose of a Transparent Wound Dressing

Transparent wound dressings allow for the wound to be monitored for healing or leakage without the need to continuously remove and reapply the dressing. This also allows you to make sure that catheters and IVs haven't moved or been pulled out as well as ensuring that there is ample room between the adhesive and the wound being treated. Their strength is also ideal for keeping catheters and IVs in place or adhering other dressings.

Due to their waterproof design, you can shower or bathe with the dressing on. When applied to the skin it a seal is formed. They are designed to be breathable but prevent bacteria from entering the seal while moisture is maintained within the seal to aid in the healing process.

Which Product is Best For Me

The first things to consider when looking for a wound dressing are the size and the shape of the wound. You want the dressing size to allow for about one inch of skin between the wound and the adhesive. Depending on the shape of the wound you may need a rectangle instead of a square or you may want something that curves a little.

If you're looking to apply the transparent film over an IV, you may want to consider one that has fenestration for the needle so it fits more flush. Also, some include an area to write when the dressing was changed so you can keep track of when a new one needs to be applied.

How to Apply the Dressing

  • Wash your hands
  • Clean the wound area
  • Pat dry
  • Remove backing to expose the adhesive
  • Center on the wound
  • Press down firmly and smooth out any creases

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