3M Tegaderm 1626W Transparent Film Dressing

3M Tegaderm 1626W Transparent Film Dressing

Brand/Manufacturer: 3M
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  • FSA Approved
  • Latex Free

3M Tegaderm 1626W Transparent Film Dressing provides a waterproof, sterile barrier to external contaminants including liquids, bacteria, and viruses. The transparent dressing allows for continuous visibility to the I.V. insertion site. It is gentle on skin and dressing flexes with the skin for greater patient comfort.

3M Tegaderm Transparent Film Dressing Benefits

  • Picture-frame delivery makes accurate placement easy
  • Dressings conform to the body
  • Allows maximum versatility
  • Waterproof, sterile barrier
  • Dressing flexes with skin
  • Latex-Free

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Item # Desc Pkg Price
1626W 4" x 4-3/4" Each
1626W 4" x 4-3/4" 10/Pack
1626W 4" x 4-3/4" 50/Pack
1626W 4" x 4-3/4" 200/Case

3M Tegaderm Transparent Film Dressing Features

  • Versatile - one product to satisfy many clinical situations:
    • Can be used to protect I.V. sites, enhance wound healing, prevent skin breakdown, and protect clean, closed surgical incisions
    • Frame allows the dressings to be tailored for special applications, when desired
  • Easy to apply - unique frame delivery system:
    • Application of Tegaderm transparent dressing is intuitive and quick, making it easy to remember and easy to teach
    • Especially convenient for patient self-care
    • Minimizes application time and saves dressing waste and costs
    • Frame delivery system provides maximum control of the thin film for rapid application of even the largest dressings
    • The unique “picture-frame” allows precise and secure placement of the dressing every time
    • If the adhesive surface accidentally touches itself, the dressing can be separated and applied, eliminating wasted dressings
  • Gentle adhesive - just the right balance in adhesive strength:
    • Made with a hypoallergenic, latex-free adhesive that is gentle to the skin, yet securely holds catheters and other devices in place
    • Provides good initial adhesion without building to excessive levels over time
    • Even for dressings left in place for extended periods, the risk of patient discomfort and skin trauma is minimal when the dressing is properly removed
  • Breathable - lets oxygen in and moisture vapor out:
    • The breathability of Tegaderm dressings allows moisture vapor and gas exchange, which is essential to maintain normal skin function under the dressing
    • Patients can wear Tegaderm dressings for extended periods of time, with minimal risk of skin irritation or maceration, and without excessive proliferation of skin flora
  • Waterproof, sterile barrier - impervious to liquids, bacteria, and viruses:
    • Tegaderm dressing acts as a barrier to protect the I.V. site or wound from external contaminants such as bacteria, viruses, blood and body fluids
    • Because Tegaderm dressings are waterproof, patients may bathe, shower or swim, if the dressing is completely sealed around the catheter or wound
    • Sterile and remains so as long as the outer package is intact. Do not resterilize by gamma, steam, or E-beam
  • Conformable - flexes with the skin for greater patient comfort:
    • Conforms to body contours, stretches easily, and prevents stress on the skin when the patient moves
    • Protects skin and bony prominences from abrasion, and allows the patient to move easily. Tegaderm™ dressing is comfortable to wear and presents a flat profile
    • The special shapes of Tegaderm dressings conform easily on difficult-to-dress areas, such as jugular and PICC insertion sites, and sacral wounds
  • Enhanced wound healing - improved outcomes and patient comfort:
    • Seals in natural wound fluid to maintain a moist environment, which has been shown to enhance the healing process
    • Prevents scab formation and dehydration of the wound bed, which can occur with conventional dry dressings.
    • Provides a wound environment that allows epithelial cells to migrate easily across the wound surface, reducing pain caused by wound dehydration, and increases patient comfort
  • Transparent - allows wounds and I.V. sites to be easily monitored:
    • Provides complete visibility of the site during application
    • Allows continuous monitoring of the I.V. site or wound without disturbing or removing the dressing
    • Visualization eliminates unnecessary dressing changes and saves nursing time


When to use 1626W Transparent Film Dressing?


  • To cover and protect I.V. catheter sites
  • Acute and chronic wounds
  • Skin protection
  • Feeding tubes
  • Superficial partial thickness burns
  • Stage I or II pressure ulcers
  • Autolytic debridement facilitated by the moist wound healing environment
  • Protective eyelid coverings
  • Post tattoo application and removal


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How to Apply 3M Tegaderm 1626W Dressing?

  • Select a dressing size that will adequately cover the catheter and insertion site or wound. Ensure at least a one-inch margin of dressing adheres to healthy, dry skin
  • Prepare the catheter insertion site or wound according to your institution’s approved protocol
  • To ensure good adhesion, clip excess hair where the dressing will be placed. Do not shave the skin because of the potential for microabrasions
  • Make sure skin is free of soaps, detergents, and lotions. Allow all preps and protectants to dry thoroughly before applying the dressing. Wet preps and soap residues can cause irritation if trapped under the dressing. Additionally, adhesive products do not adhere well to wet or oily surfaces.
  • Do not stretch the Tegaderm dressing during application. Applying an adhesive product with tension can produce mechanical trauma to the skin. Stretching can also cause adhesion failure.
  • The adhesive of Tegaderm dressing is pressure-sensitive. To ensure the best adhesion, always apply firm pressure to the dressing from the center out to the edges.
  • To tailor a dressing for a special application, use sterile scissors to cut the wound dressing into desired shapes or sizes before removing the printed liner. For best results and ease of application, cut the pieces so that a portion of the frame remains on at least two sides.

How to remove 3M Transparent Film Dressing?

Support the skin when removing the Tegaderm dressing. For removal from I.V. sites, also stabilize the catheter to prevent dislodgment. Use one of the following removal techniques based on your patient’s skin condition and your own personal preference:

  • Gently grasp one edge and slowly peel the dressing off the skin in the direction of hair growth. Try to peel the dressing back over itself, rather than pulling it up from the skin. or
  • Grasp one edge of the dressing and gently pull it straight out to stretch and release adhesion. or
  • Apply an adhesive remover suitable for use on skin to the adhesive edge while gently peeling from the skin. To aid in lifting a dressing edge, secure a piece of surgical tape to one corner and rub firmly. Use the tape as a tab to help you slowly peel back the dressing.

3M Tegaderm Dressing User Manual

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