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    Getting gauze to stick without tape

    I have a pressure sore that is healing well, but my skin in the surrounding area is delicate. We cover it with gauze when I'm in my chair, but the paper tape that we use sparingly tends to leave me a little red, and recently gave me an open raw spot. Is there any kind of adhesive, tacky enough to hold the gauze in place but not so sticky that the skin gets damaged. I was thinking of something like the skin-prep stuff that helps to hold condom caths on, but stickier. If any such thing exists. Any idea?

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    Skin prep is a protectant and can be used , let it dry then apply tape but you can't use it over the irritated area untl after it heals. I would try putting a hydrocolloid over it until healed then try the Skin protectant or skin barrier.
    CWO

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    Quote Originally Posted by Scott C4/5 View Post
    I have a pressure sore that is healing well, but my skin in the surrounding area is delicate. We cover it with gauze when I'm in my chair, but the paper tape that we use sparingly tends to leave me a little red, and recently gave me an open raw spot. Is there any kind of adhesive, tacky enough to hold the gauze in place but not so sticky that the skin gets damaged. I was thinking of something like the skin-prep stuff that helps to hold condom caths on, but stickier. If any such thing exists. Any idea?
    I understand your frustration. No matter what, my skin is so sensitive, I can't use Micropore, arguably the mildest of the adhesive bases out there, even using a skin prep before applying it.

    Have you discussed your sensitivities with you wound care professionals?

    All the best,
    GJ

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    I don't have any wound care pro's. I'm not in an area where SCI and serious wound care experts call home. I get more info from here than I do from my local health care professionals.

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    http://www.drugstore.com/products/pr...&aparam=368830

    I used a different brand that also had a little bit of analgesic in it and they come in various sizes. Do not remove unless you see trouble through or on the edges of the bandage. Mine were also clear. I just waited for mine to just about dry out before carefully removing. They stick very well, breathe but are waterproof for bathing. I used them on one cheek abrasion and an open elbow where nothing else would stick.
    Call your county or area hospital and ask if they have a wound clinic. Most do even if it's 1/2 a day a week. For uncomplicated healing sores the docs are pretty good and they normally have at least 1 fulltime nurse trained in would care too. But yea, for anything SCI and nasty you need a real wound type.
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    Mepilex Border is excellent stuff ...
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    Quote Originally Posted by smashms View Post
    Is the wound where you can wrap it with that gauze that sticks to itself
    No, its on my keister... I'd need a yard of gauze to wrap it. lol

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    I have horribly sensitive skin, too. It's so finicky that even paper tape and any hydrocolloid except Duoderm makes me break out in blisters. Using Duoderm to hold gauze in place works, but at $3 per 4" x 4" sheet, who can afford to use that over gauze that needs to be changed once a day?

    There's two options that worked for me, both suggested by KLD.

    1. Hypafix tape -- this is used by a lot of ostomates and is also known as pink tape. It contains zinc oxide, which is why it's so gentle. I've been buying mine from Vitality Medical's eBay store. A ten yard roll lasted a couple months of daily 4"x4" dressing changes in two locations.

    2. Use a hydrocolloid dressing cut into four strips to create a window frame around the wound. Dress the sore with gauze that you tape down, just apply the tape to the hydrocolloid frame instead of your skin. The challenge is peeling the tape off the hydrocolloid frame without also peeling the frame off your skin.
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    Regular paper tape makes my skin turn red but the paper tape for "sensitive skin" sticks without feeling my skin is being peeled away.

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    Mepilex is an awesome wound product that comes as an island dressing. the tape requires no skin prep and is gentle to the skin. A wound care nurse specialist would be knowledgeable of this product.

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