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SECURING YOUR BANDAGE

SECURING YOUR BANDAGE

When it’s time to secure a clean bandage, you’ll want to make sure your wound is protected. Your protection options include adhesive and non-adhesive tapes. It’s up to you which one you prefer to use.

The Differences Among BAND-AID® Brand Tapes

BAND-AID® Brand of First Aid Products Hypo-allergenic Breathable Gentle on Skin Waterproof Non-Adhesive
Cloth Tape   ok ok    
Paper Tape ok ok ok    
Waterproof Tape       ok  
HURT-FREE® Tape ok   ok   ok

NURSE TIP: Wraps or non-adhesive tapes, like HURT-FREE® Tape don’t stick to your skin—they only adhere to themselves. They’re great for wrapping wounds near joints or areas involving movement.

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Protecting Your Wound: Showering After Surgery

In the first week after surgery, you can take a shower if your health care provider says it’s okay. Showering requires a little extra protection for your wound.

  • Keep the wound dry with waterproof bandages that seal on all four sides. This will help keep water from leaking into your wound.
  • Avoid having strong streams of water come in contact with the wound, or soaking your wound in water. It is best not to take a bath right after surgery.3 As always, consult with your doctor or health care provider about what is best for you.
  • After showering, remove the waterproof pad and tape, then cover with a clean, dry bandage.

NURSE TIP: Avoid using any shower gels, soaps, or lotions on the wound.


References:
3. Fenn K, Sibanda E. Caring for surgical wounds at home: information for patients. Oxford-Radcliffe Hospitals Web site. http://www.ouh.nhs.uk/patientguide/leaflets/files%5C110307wounds.pdf. Accessed June 25, 2014.