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A Hickman line held fast by Tegaderm
Tegaderm is sometimes used to cover tattoos while they heal.[1][2]

Tegaderm is a transparent medical dressing manufactured by 3M. Tegaderm transparent dressings can be used to cover and protect wounds and catheter sites.

Advantages of Tegaderm include its breathability and conformation to the skin such that it adheres in places such as the fingers and toes.

Tegaderm may also be used in "buddy strapping" of fingers. Buddy-strapping is a method of finger splinting that allows protected active movement in situations such as stable phalangeal fractures, undisplaced stable metacarpal fractures and ligamentous interphalangeal joint injuries. Tegaderm is simple for patients to self-apply. A full range of movement is possible with full support provided throughout.[3]

Tegaderm is also a popular means of protecting a newly received tattoo.

The name Tegaderm comes from the Latin prefix "tega" meaning 'cover' and the Greek root "derm" meaning 'skin'.

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  1. ^ "What You Need to Know About Working Out After Getting a Tattoo". Men's Health. 15 August 2023. Retrieved 11 October 2023.
  2. ^ "The 4 Best Tattoo Aftercare Products". Bustle. 30 July 2018. Retrieved 11 October 2023.
  3. ^ Ridha H, Crerar-Gilbert A, Fleming A (2008). "The use of Tegaderm for finger buddy-strapping: a dressing with many advantages". Ann R Coll Surg Engl. 90 (6): 525. doi:10.1308/rcsann.2008.90.6.525a. PMC 2647252. PMID 18780419.

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