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Patient with a transparent Tegaderm patch applied to his chest to hold in place a Hickman line and antimicrobial collar.

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. It is simple for patients to self-apply. A full range of movement is possible with full support provided throughout.[1]

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

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  1. ^ 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: 525. PMC 2647252Freely accessible. PMID 18780419. doi:10.1308/rcsann.2008.90.6.525a. 

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