Reviewed by Christine Kijek, Registered Colorectal Nurse, on October 1, 2022
Transparent films or dressigns are made up of a thin transparent sheet that allows for easy inspection of the wound bed. It allows you to check the healing progress and the amount of wound drainage. These dressings protect the skin at pressure spots and keep the affected area moist for faster healing. Its flexibility allows it to conform to the wounds that are in hard-to-cover locations of the body. These come in a wide variety of sizes and shapes to cover different types of wounds.
Transparent dressings work as a primary dressing and help in covering second-stage wounds, partial-thickness wounds, or wounds with little or no drainage. No secondary dressing is required to cover this dressing. These wound dressings can also be used as a secondary dressing over a gauze dressing to secure it in place. This type of dressing should not be used on wounds that require daily or frequent dressing changes.
To meet the requirements of different types of wounds, transparent film dressings are available in a variety of shapes and sizes. Based on the shape of the wound, a rectangle dressing might be needed instead of a square one, or you might need something that is round or slightly curved. A dressing with fenestration for the needle works best if you want to affix IVs or tubing to the skin. Some transparent films have an area to write the time and date to keep track of when the dressing was last changed.
Among the varieties available, the size of the dressing should be chosen in such a way that there are one to two inches between the adhesive border and the wound.
Transparent dressings are indicated for the following:
Do not use transparent film dressings for wounds on patients who have:
The transparent dressing should be changed within 3 to 5 days. It can even be left on the wound for up to 7 days. If the dressing becomes loose, if there is leakage or you notice some skin irritation or redness, remove the dressing and reassess whether its use should be continued or not.
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