3M Tegaderm Transparent Film Dressing – Picture Frame Style


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3M Tegaderm Transparent Film Dressing is designed to protect wounds and catheter sites. It maintains a moist wound healing environment and secures numerous devices to the skin. 3M Tegaderm Dressing may be used as a primary or secondary dressing over acute or chronic wounds. Picture-frame delivery makes placement accurate and easy, minimizing the potential to stick to gloves or to itself. This transparent dressing is made with a hypoallergenic, non-latex adhesive that is gentle to the skin yet holds catheters and other devices in place.

Why choose Tegaderm Transparent Film Dressing Frame Style?

  • Frame allows quick and easy placement
  • Tegaderm bandage has a breathable film that allows moisture vapor and oxygen exchange
  • Conformable and flexible for greater patient comfort
  • Optional write-on label to note dressing changes
  • Waterproof and transparent film wound dressing
  • Allows patients to take a shower
  • Sterile and latex-free


3M Tegaderm Waterproof Transparent Dressing Features

  • Tegaderm bandage is used to protect I.V. sites, enhance wound healing, prevent skin breakdown, and protect closed surgical incisions
  • Provides a sterile barrier to external contaminants including liquids, bacteria, and viruses
  • Tegaderm Transparent Film Dressing provides a viral barrier from viruses 27 nm in diameter or larger while the dressing remains intact without leakage
  • 3M Dressing Tegaderm is available in unique shapes and designs for both I.V. and wound needs
  • Clinically proven dressing
  • Radiologically Transparent – It is not necessary to remove the dressing from a patient prior to x-ray


When to use 3M Tegaderm Transparent Film Dressing?

IV Related Indications:

  • Subclavian and jugular catheters
  • Peripheral and midline catheters
  • PICC lines (peripherally inserted central catheters)
  • Tunneled catheters and implanted ports
  • Pulmonary artery catheters
  • Subcutaneous catheters
  • Dialysis catheters, epidural catheters, umbilical catheters, PIV
Wound Care Related Indications:


What to buy with 3M Transparent Adhesive Film Dressing


How to use 3M Medical Wound Dressing?

How to apply 3M Tegaderm Film Dressing?

  1. Select a 3M Tegaderm Transparent Film Dressing size that properly covers the catheter or wound site. Ensure at least a one-inch margin of dressing adheres to dry, healthy skin.
  2. Prepare the catheter insertion site or wound according to the approved protocol.
  3. To ensure good adhesion, clip excess hair where the 3M transparency film will be placed. Do not shave the skin because of the potential for micro-abrasions.
  4. Make sure skin is free of soaps, detergents, and lotions. Allow all preps and protectants to dry thoroughly before applying the dressing. Wet preps and soap residues can cause irritation if trapped under the dressing. Products with adhesive do not stick nicely to wet or oily surfaces.
  5. Do not stretch Tegaderm dressing during application. There can be mechanical trauma to the skin if you apply an adhesive product with tension. Stretching can also cause adhesion failure.
  6. The adhesive of Tegaderm picture frame transparent dressing is pressure-sensitive. Always apply firm pressure to the dressing from the center towards the edges to ensure the best adhesion.
  7. To customize a dressing for a specific need, use sterile scissors. Cut the dressing into the desired size and shape before removing the printed liner. For best results and ease of application, cut the pieces so that a portion of the frame remains on at least two sides.
Application Instructions

How to remove 3M Tegaderm Film Waterproof?

Support the skin when removing 3M Tegaderm Transparent Film Dressing. For removal from I.V. sites, also stabilize the catheter to prevent dislodgment. Use one of the following removal techniques based on the skin conditions of the patient and your own personal preference:

  • Grasp one edge of the dressing and slowly peel it from the skin. It should be done in the direction of hair growth. Instead of pulling the dressing up from the skin, peel it back over itself.
  • Grasp one edge and gently pull the dressing straight out to stretch and release adhesion.
  • Apply an adhesive remover to the adhesive edge while gently peeling the dressing from the skin.
  • To lift a dressing edge, put a piece of surgical tape to one dressing corner and rub it firmly. To help you slowly peel back the dressing use the tape as a tab.

Removal Instructions


  • Do not use the 3M Tegaderm transparent dressing as a replacement for sutures and other primary wound closure methods
  • Stop any bleeding at the site before applying the dressing
  • Do not stretch Tegaderm dressing while applying as tension can cause skin trauma
  • Make sure the skin is clean. It should be free of soap residue and lotion. Allow the skin to dry thoroughly before applying the dressing. This will prevent skin irritation and ensure good adhesion.
  • Antimicrobial ointments containing polyethylene glycols can affect the strength of the 3M Tegaderm Transparent Film Dressing
  • Only under the care of a healthcare professional, the dressing may be used on an infected site
  • 3M Dressing Tegaderm are not recommended to be re-sterilized


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