After washing the wound area, pat it dry before applying the bandage or wound dressing. After the dressing is on, avoid rubbing the bandage or dressing or exposing it more than necessary to any liquids.
Change the bandage every day, or several times a day if it becomes wet or dirty.
If a bandage is not easily releasing do not pull on bandage, instead work a little baby oil or cooking oil into the adhesive to help the bandage release from the skin.
Or you may use ice (covered in a paper towel) for 5 minutes or less. Ice will make the adhesive brittle, which may cause it to release.
IV sponges conform well around drains, catheters, chest tubes, I.V.'s and tracheostomies therefore making a clean germ free environment.
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