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Waterproof, sterile, all-in-one absorbent film dressing. Unlike traditional tape and gauze dressings, Tegaderm +Pad Film Dressings are proven to provide a viral* and bacterical barrier, helping reduce the risk of surgical site infections (SSIs).

*In vitro testing shows that the transparent film dressing provides a viral barrier from viruses 27 nm in diameter or larger while the dressing remains intact without leakage.




Available in 9 different sizes!


Covering Your SSI Prevention Needs Impact of SSI
Application and Removal
Covering Your SSI Prevention Needs

Impact of SSI
Protecting your patients and organization from surgical site infections (SSIs) never comes down to just one thing. So we engineered 3M™ Tegaderm™ +Pad Film Dressing with Non-Adherent Pad to include three advanced performance features. A sterile dressing to help reduce the risk of infection.¹

Clear Difference
Unlike gauze dressings, Tegaderm™ +Pad Dressings offer a transparent, waterproof film that serves as a barrier. Tegaderm™ +Pad Dressings are breathable, letting oxygen in and moisture vapor out, allowing the skin to function normally.

Dual Purpose Barrier
Testing has demonstrated that Tegaderm™ +Pad Dressings provide a bacterial barrier, even against some of the most common organisms associated with SSI: Staphylococcus aureus, Enterococcus faecalis, Escherichia coli and Pseudomonas aeruginosa.** Tegaderm™ +Pad Dressings also provide a viral barrier against HIV-1 and HBV and other potentially infectious body fluids while the dressings remain intact without leakage.**

Easy Does It
Latex-free, hassle-free design is both patient and clinician-friendly. The pressure-sensitive adhesive film conforms naturally, holds strongly and releases gently — ensuring skin integrity. Plus, the non-adherent pad will not adhere to the wound bed, reducing pain upon removal. And a wide variety of standard sizes and shapes ensure timely, accurate placement.

*Invitro testing shows that the transparent film dressings provide a viral barrier from viruses 27 nm in diameter or larger while the dressing remains intact without leakage.

Download brochure to see more clinical studies

References:
¹ Mangram, AJ, et al. Guideline for the Prevention of Surgical Site Infection. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Hospital Infection Control Practices Advisory Committee. Vol. 20, No.4; 268, 1999.

Impact of SSI

Impact of SSI
Surgical site infections (SSIs) are the second most common hospital-acquired infection** (HAI) costing up to $29,000 depending on the pathogen and procedure.** Patients who develop a SSI after hospital discharge are five times more likely to be readmitted to the hospital and are at a higher risk of death.¹

Did you Know? Bacteria can penetrate up to 64 layers of dry gauze²

Gauze Dressings: No Barrier to Bacteria
Clinical studies have shown higher infection rates in chronic and complex wounds for which gauze dressings were used compared to wounds dressed with transparent films.³

Gauze dressings do not present a barrier to bacteria and one in vitro study demonstrated that bacteria can pass through up to 64 layers of dry gauze. Once gauze is moistened, it’s even less effective as a barrier to bacteria.²

*Invitro testing shows that the transparent film dressings provide a barrier viral barrier from viruses 27 nm in diameter or larger while the dressing remains intact without leakage.
**see brochure for all references

Download brochure to see more clinical studies

References:
¹ Kirkland KB, Briggs JP, Trivette SL, et al. The impact of surgical-site infections in the 1990s: attributable mortality, excess length of hospitalization, and extra costs.
Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol. 1999;20:725-730.
² Dressings and wound infection. Lawrence JC. Am J Surg; 1994;167:(Suppl 1A):21S-24S.
³ Hanging wet-to-dry dressings out-to-dry. Ovington LG. Advances in Skin and Wound Care 15(2):79-84, March-April 2002.

Application and Removal

Application and Removal Instructions
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Application and Removal

  • Application Step 1
    Application Step 1

    1. Open the package and remove sterile dressing. Peel the paper liner from the paper-framed dressing, exposing the adhesive surface.
  • Application Step 2
    Application Step 2

    2. Position the framed window over the wound site and apply dressing. Do not stretch the dressing during application as tension can cause skin trauma.
  • Application Step 3
    Application Step 3

    3. Press the dressing into place. Remove the paper frame from the dressing while smoothing down the edges.
  • Application Step 4
    Application Step 4

    4. Seal securely around wound site. Firmly smooth adhesive border to the skin.
  • Application Step 5
    Application Step 5

    5. Finished Tegaderm™ +Pad Dressing on laminectomy.
  • Removal Step 1
    Removal Step 1

    1. Low and slow: Using a tape strip to aid in lifting a dressing edge, secure a piece of medical tape to one edge of dressing and rub firmly.
  • Removal Step 2
    Removal Step 2

    2. Support the skin with your fingers while slowly peeling the dressing back over itself, rather than pulling it up from the skin. Gently removing the entire dressing.

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