Online since 2002 |   866-316-0162

Articles and News

​All You Need To Know About Transparent Dressings

​All You Need To Know About Transparent Dressings
Anushree Kothari

Reviewed by Christine Kijek, Registered Colorectal Nurse, on October 1, 2022

Transparent dressings 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. Transparent film 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. Transparent dressings come in a wide variety of sizes and shapes to cover different types of wounds.

​Transparent Dressing

Transparent Dressing - Works as a Primary or Secondary Dressing

Transparent wound dressings work as a primary dressing and helps in covering second stage wounds, partial thickness wounds or wounds with little or no drainage. No secondary dressing is required to cover this dressing. Transparent dressing 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 which require daily or frequent dressing changes.

Types of Transparent Film Dressings

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 needle works best if you want to affix IVs or tubing to the skin. Some transparent dressings have an area to write the time and date to keep track of when the dressing was last changed.

​Transparent Dressing   ​Transparent Dressing   ​Transparent Dressing

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.

Features of Transparent Wound Dressing

  • Provides a moist wound environment conducive to healing
  • Protects the wound bed from bacterial invasion and mechanical trauma
  • Promotes autolytic debridement
  • Transparency makes it easy to inspect the wound surface
  • Allows one-way transmission of excess moisture vapor and carbon dioxide away from the wound
  • Impermeable to bacteria and other contaminants
  • No secondary dressing required
  • Acts as a second skin
  • Reduces friction
  • Waterproof
  • Conformable

Transparent Wound Dressing Indications

​Transparent film dressings are indicated for the following:

  • Partial-thickness wounds with minimal or no drainage
  • Protection of bony prominences
  • Protection of intact skin
  • Debridement of eschar
  • To secure another dressing
  • To secure I.V. catheters and tubing

Contraindications of Transparent Dressing

Do not use transparent film dressings for wounds on patients who have:

  • Moderate to heavy exudate
  • Suspected or active infection
  • Third-degree burns
  • Active herpetic lesions
  • Fungal infection

How to Use a Transparent Film Dressing for Wounds?

  1. Use a normal saline solution to clean the wound.
  2. Pat the skin dry around the wound using a gauze pad.
  3. Remove the liner from the transparent film dressing for wounds and expose the adhesive surface.
  4. Locate the wound through the transparent film and hold the dressing over its center.
  5. The dressing should be large enough to leave at least a border of 1-inch around the wound.
  6. Gently apply the dressing over the wound surface without stretching it.
  7. Smooth the dressing from center to outwards.
  8. To remove the dressing, lift it from the edges towards the center slowly and carefully to prevent the stripping of epidermal tissues.

Frequency of Transparent Dressing Changes

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.

Disclaimer: All content found on our website, including images, videos, infographics and text were created solely for informational purposes. Our content should never be used for the purpose of diagnosis or treatment of any medical conditions. Content shared on our websites is not meant to be used as a substitute for advice from a certified medical professional. Reliance on the information provided on our website as a basis for patient treatment is solely at your own risk. We urge all our customers to always consult a physician or a certified medical professional before trying or using a new medical product.


HPFY Anushree Kothari

Anushree Kothari

LinkedIn Profile


Anushree Kothari, has been a Health Products For You contributor since 2016. She has a deep interest in human physiology and wellness and possess a passion and talent for guiding others through ...

Read More

Trending Articles

What Everyone Should Know About Resistance Band Colors

Kevin Cleary

Resistance exercise bands come in a number of colors and it’s not just for decoration. Many people use these bands however, they do not have the knowledge of the colors and the purpose with which they are designed.

5 Facts about Syringes You Wish You Knew Before

Kevin Cleary

A syringe is a pump consisting of a snugly fit piston(or plunger) within a calibrated glass or plastic cylinder called a barrel.The syringe is equipped with a hypodermic needle, nozzle, or tubing that helps direct the flow of medication.


Kevin Cleary

Breathing disorders, such as COPD or asthma, can be a major detriment when it comes to quality-of-life issues.Treating these breathing ailments with medications is the main course of treatment.Being able to deliver aerosol medication directly into the lungs in an expedited fashion is the best way to manage these lung disorders. The use of a nebulizer for aerosol medications allows for the efficient and easy delivery of these medications.


Kevin Cleary

An enema is used for many reasons.Just as there are many reasons, there are different types of enemas, each of which contains different ingredients and works differently in the body. While some may choose an enema to soften stool or for routine colon cleansing, the reason for using an enema may have more of a medical necessity.


Taikhum Sadiq

Cervical traction is a technique applied to the cervical region of the body to help alleviate neck pain, discomfort, and other physical conditions related to the cervical region.Cervical traction works by stressing the neck, pulling, and pushing, thus reducing the pressure on the spine, the neck, and the upper torso.Excessive stress on the neck, spine, and upper region, due to a wide range of conditions or injuries can cause severe pain and can lead to other complications.Cervical traction devices help alleviates these conditions thus offering overall body rehabilitation and treatment options.