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Road Rash and Tagaderm(6 posts)

Road Rash and Tagadermonrhodes
Aug 14, 2001 12:26 PM
To those of you who do not know, Tagaderm is a product made by 3M. It was originally used for burn victims, but is not widely used on catheters, IV's, and now road rash.
My mother is a nurse and introduced me to this wonderful stuff. I call it plastic wrap for the skin. It sticks to your skin but not the wound keeping it moist and free from debris. I highly recommend that you try and find some of this stuff and keep it in your crash supply.
This is the hard part. You can buy the smaller 2x2inch strips in the drug store, but the bigger 4x4.75 and bigger sizes are hard to come by. There are some medical supply houses that you can get it from, but my fair warning, it that they are not cheap. Anywhere from $5-8 a sheet.
Trust me when I say that it is worth it though.
re: Road Rash and Tagaderm - caveatrollo tommassi
Aug 14, 2001 1:14 PM
Lucky that your mom is a nurse, as she will make sure that the wound is clean before applying the dressing!

This particular dressing is not very forgiving if the wound is not properly debraded and/or irrigated; the 'tight seal' of tegaderm will surely lock in any potential source of infection, and serve as a hothouse for germ growth.
The easy fix for tagaderm drainingonrhodes
Aug 15, 2001 5:17 AM
This is what I do to let any liquid drain out. First I clean the area with Hydrogen Peroxide and scrub until I am ready to pass out from pain.
When applying the Tagaderm I leave a small gap off less then 5mm to let an liquid drain out. Cover the Tagaderm with a gauze sponge/pad to wick away the liquid and change the gauze every day. I also change the tagaderm 1-2 times in the first 4 days. After that most draining should have taken place, and you can now leave a peice on for the duration of the healing time.
Just from my experience this seems to work well, and has not resulted in an infection of any sort.
more ideaslonefrontranger
Aug 15, 2001 10:20 AM
Peroxide is a great cleanser for the first trip. Repeated usage causes really gnarly scars. And I could really do without the pain factor.

My solution is topically-applied Lidocaine (small bottle lasts forever, readily available at veterinarian supplies). Swab it around until you're numbed up but good, THEN scrub the bejesus out of the cut with sterile gauze and saline, then Betadine (also cheap at vet supply).

I use regular old no-stick Telfa dressing and burn netting to hold in place without tape or sticking. This is that white elastic mesh you see on the Euro pros, available in long rolls cheap from any medical supply - it's way cheaper than the Tagaderm. Keep the scab moist and *very* clean, change dressings twice daily, and it will heal up from the inside out with almost no scar tissue.

My horse vet (also a cyclist) taught me this technique years ago when I interned with him. It's safe, comfortable, works like a charm and I've never been infected. I'll let you know if I start craving oats and whinnying.
re: Road Rash and TagadermVelocipedio
Aug 14, 2001 2:21 PM
I have two tegaderm dressings in my toolkit. The other poster is right, though, you have to VERY sure that the wound is fully cleaned before application. I keep some alcohol wipes and a bottle of saline [it's SUPPOSED to be for squirting up your nose] in my toolkit, too.
God Bless Tagadermjtolleson
Aug 14, 2001 5:18 PM
Had a horrid, horrid crash. Front tire blowout descending Squaw Pass (a popular Colorado mountain pass). This stuff saved my bacon. A doc on the team had it, and I've never had such comfortable healing from road rash. The 15 weeks on crutches were a different story. Tagaderm for underarm friction burns, anyone?