Frequently Asked Questions on Transparent Dressing

What are transparent dressings?

Transparent dressings are also referred to as transparent film dressings. They are polymer membranes in varying thickness with one adhesive-coated side. Transparent dressings are waterproof and resistant to bacterial contamination. They are ultra thin and allow patients to monitor the healing process. They remove excess moisture and atmospheric gases from the wound.

When to use transparent film dressing?
Transparent dressings are recommended over wound types that include:
  • Partial thickness wounds with little or no exudate
  • Wounds with necrosis
  • Donor sites
  • Lacerations
  • Abrasions
  • Second-degree burns
They can also be used for securing a primary dressing as well as securing and covering IV sites.
How often should transparent dressings be changed?

Transparent dressings are usually changed within 3 to 5 days. However, it can be left in place for about 7 days.

How to remove transparent film dressings?
  • Lift one edge of the dressing and stretch it horizontally along the surface of skin to break the adhesive bond. Continue to do so from the edge and towards the center
  • When two edges have partly been taken off, get a hold of both corners and stretch them horizontally and parallel to the skin till the dressing lifts