3M Tegaderm absorbent clear acrylic dressing is a sterile wound dressing. It consists of a conformable acrylic pad enclosed between two layers of transparent adhesive film. The film in contact with the wound surface is perforated to allow uptake of the wound fluid by the absorbent acrylic pad. The top layer of film is not perforated. The non-perforated top layer of film is moisture vapor permeable, but impermeable to liquids, bacteria, and viruses. The dressing maintains a moist wound environment, which has been shown to enhance wound healing. The dressings are not designed, sold or intended for use except as indicated.
This item is FSA (Flexible Spending Account) eligible.
Before using the dressing: Clip excess hair for patient comfort. Cleanse the wound and surrounding skin thoroughly. Allow the surrounding skin to dry before applying the dressing. If the periwound skin is fragile or exposure to drainage is likely, apply 3M Cavilon no sting barrier film to the periwound skin. Evaluate the wound/surgical incision and select the correct dressing size so that 1cm (3/8 in.) of the absorbent pad extends beyond the wound edge. Overlap the absorbent acrylic pads when covering wounds too large for single dressings. Applying the dressing: Open package and remove sterile dressing. Peel the liner from the dressing, exposing the adhesive surface. The acrylic pad is not intended to be cut. If needed, the film border may be trimmed before the paper frame is removed. Center the dressing over the wound/surgical incision. Gently press the adhesive side down, smoothing from the center outward. Avoid stretching the dressing or the skin. Slowly remove the frame while smoothing the film border and applying firm pressure to ensure good adhesion. Removing the dressing: Frequency of changing the dressing will depend on factors such as type of wound, volume of drainage, facility protocols and/or recommended guidelines. Carefully lift the film edges from the skin. If there is difficulty lifting the dressing, apply tape to the edge and use the tape to lift. For surgical incisions with an incision closure device such as adhesive wound closure strips, sutures, or staples, provide extra caution to avoid removal of these closure devices. Adhesive wound closure strips are likely to be removed when the Tegaderm absorbent clear acrylic dressing is removed. If dressing requires removal in less than 7 days post-op replace the adhesive wound closure strips or follow individual institution protocol. Continue lifting the film until all edges are free from the skin surface. Remove the dressing slowly, folding it over itself. Pull carefully in the direction of hair growth.
When using Tegaderm absorbent clear acrylic dressing, the wound may initially appear larger in size and depth as unnecessary tissue is cleaned away. This increase should be accompanied by an improved appearance of the wound. If the wound gets larger after the first few dressing changes, consult a health care professional. Observe the wound/surgical incision for signs of infection. Consult a health care professional if any of the following are noted: Fever, increased pain, redness, bleeding, swelling, unusual odor, increased drainage or cloudy or foul drainage. Tegaderm absorbent clear acrylic dressing may be used on infected wounds only under the care of a health care professional. Rarely, erythema (redness) or maceration (whitening) of the surrounding skin or hypergranulation (excessive tissue formation in the wound) may develop. Should these occur, consult a health care professional. If the wound does not begin to show signs of healing or if any other unexpected symptoms occur, consult a health care professional. During dressing removal for surgical incisions with an incision closure device such as adhesive wound closure strips, sutures or staples, provide extra caution to avoid removal of these closure devices.