Tegaderm - A Wound Care Specialist

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The tegaderm dressing has been around for some time now and is not a recent invention in wound management. However, it is one of the more effective dressings available and has multiple advantages over standard dry dressings.

1. Creates a barrier to external contamination
2. Reduces water vapor loss from exposed tissue
3. Provides a moist environment to the wound surface
4. Are available in multiple shapes and sizes

Due to these qualities the tegaderm dressing prevents formation of scab and enhances regeneration of the epiderm.

It should be noted here that slowly and gradually, sterile cotton dressings are going to phase out and will be replaced by dressings such as tegaderm that are multi functional.

The product manufacturers claim that tegaderm is not just a dressing, features of the tegaderm include:

1. multi-functional (provides a barrier, locks moisture etc)
2. sterile
3. waterproof
4. contains a breathable barrier

Tegaderm has multiple uses as well. Although it is primarily used in wound care, it can also be used to protect surgical sites and to a site for intravenous injection

The Tegaderm dressing can be used for:

1. minor burns
2. pressure areas
3. donor sites
4. post-operative wounds
5. abrasions
6. lacerations
7. skin breakdown caused by friction or exposure to moisture
8. retain peripheral and central IV catheters

As the dressing is transparent, it is easy to monitor the site of the wound for infection, leakage or wrong placement of a catheter.

Another very big advantage of this dressing is that it is "breathable". The tegaderm is made of multiple layers of this breathable material. This prevents the skin from "suffocating" but on the other hand also protects the wound site from notorious germs such as bacteria and other foreign contaminants, which might cause an unwanted complication. Complications such as an infection can increase the healing period of a wound and can also increase the pain at the wound site.

As mentioned, wound care management is made easier by the tegaderm dressing as it is transparent. This is why the tegaderm dressing is used for extended management of wounds.

When applied properly the tegaderm dressing is completely waterproof. Being waterproof it lets patients using it, bathe or take a shower without worrying about water entering the wound.

The best environment for using the tegaderm dressing is back country wound management. This is because extensive missions require that one dressing is used, which allows visual examination of the wound.

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