Lesson 2: Removing Your Dressing

When you take off the tape or a dressing, you could hurt healing skin or make thin skin tear. Otherwise, don’t change the dressing too often. Hold the skin with one hand and gently pull it toward the wound to get the tape or bandage off.

Bandage adhesive remover can help you get the tape off if it’s stuck to the skin or hair on the skin. Adhesive remover can be bought at the same store where you buy band-aids. It’s essential to read and follow everything on the label. You can wet the bandage with saline solution if it is stuck to the wound. Then, gently roll the bandage away from our body until it comes off.

  • You can use soap and warm water or an alcohol-based hand rub when you wash your hands.
  • Put on the gloves
  • To get rid of it if it’s stuck to your skin: Use an adhesive remover, a moistened gauze pad, or a moist paper towel to clean the edges.
  • Make sure to get rid of the tape or dressing before you start. When you start, hold down the skin that surrounds the bandaged area.
  • Slowly lift the tape across the skin, not away from it.
  • Then, move toward the middle of the wound as you lift the edges of the dressing. Lift it out of the wound with care.
  • If the dressing is stuck to the wound, soak it in saline solution. This will help it move.
  • Toss the old dressing into a plastic trash bag and tie it shut. Then throw it away. you’re done with this bag, put it in another plastic bag and throw it away.
  • Take off and throw away the gloves.