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Wound Management and Post Operative wound care

3M™ Cavilon™ Professional Skin Care Solutions

3M™ Tegaderm™ Film Wound Dressings have been tried and tested by healthcare professionals for 30 years. These dressings provide protection from water, bacteria and viruses, thus reducing the risk of wound infection. We have a range comprising of Tegaderm foam, Tegaderm hydrocolloid wound dressings and Tegaderm film.

Full-surround protection. Fewer barriers to healing.

No String Barrier Film

In the fight against surgical site infections (SSIs), anything less than an all-in-one wound care solution is all but ineffectual. Unlike traditional sponge gauze and tape dressings, Tegaderm™ +Pad Film Dressings are proven to provide a viral* and bacterial barrier, helping to reduce the risk of infection. It is waterproof yet breathable, absorbent yet non-adherent, and is easily applied. Better yet, it’s from 3M — a company you know has it covered when it comes to quality. So you can go about the business of healing with confidence.

Post Operative Wound

No String Barrier Film

In the absence of complications and in optimal conditions, post-operative wounds progress in a timely manner through the phases of the wound healing process. Wound closure occurs by primary intention (surgical closure), secondary intention (left open to close by the reparative process) and tertiary closure (left open and surgically closed at a later date). Many factors will have an impact on the healing of post-operative wound. Healing occurs as a part of the whole person and is thus influenced by many underlying patient variables as well as environmental factors.

Management of post-operative wounds becomes especially challenging when complicated by infection, dehiscence, and fistula formation. Clinical infection occurs when the bacteria colonisation in and around the wound site rises to a critical level and can lead to a deterioration of the wound condition.

Wound healing may be severely compromised or absent in the presence of infection, so it is crucial that infection is identified and controlled appropriately. Clinical signs of infection include redness, heat, swelling, pain, increased levels of exudate, discoloured granulation tissue, a delay in healing or wound breakdown.

Many wound dressings like Tegaderm with Pad are semi occlusive, thereby offering protection from outside contaminants and helping to reduce the risk of this occurring. Wound dressings containing silver are also now manufactured. The silver acts as an antimicrobial agent, killing the majority of the bacteria that cause problems in wound healing.


  • burns
  • pressure ulcers
  • venous leg ulcers
  • diabetic foot ulcers

Method of Application

  • Cleanse the wound according to local guidelines / protocols.
  • Apply Tegaderm dressing directly to the wound ensuring intimate contact is made with wound bed. Tegaderm dressing may be cut to fit the wound. Folding the dressing is also acceptable practice. Overlaying on surrounding skin will not harm the skin or affect tissue integrity.
  • Always apply a secondary dressing to Tegaderm dressing to maintain a moist wound healing environment:
    • For moderate to high exuding wounds : 3M™ Tegaderm™ dressing (adhesive or non-adhesive)
    • For low to non exuding wounds : 3M™ Tegaderm™ Film Dressing
  • To protect the peri-wound use 3M™ Cavilon™ No Sting Barrier Film at each dressing change.
  • At dressing change remove secondary dressing and gently lift Tegaderm dressing away from the wound.
  • In wounds where exudate levels have significantly diminished Tegaderm dressing may be moistened to aid gentle removal.
  • If desiccation has occurred review secondary dressing suitability.