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Adhesive remover or solvent (for tape, cement or other adhesive), per ounce

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Adhesive Remover or Solvent (for tape, cement, or other adhesive) - HCPCS Code: A4455


An adhesive remover or solvent is a medical solution used to effectively and painlessly remove glue, cement, or sticky residues from medical tapes or dressings applied to the skin.


Adhesive remover or solvent is used to dissolve adhesive residues left on the skin by medical tapes, dressings, or other adhesive applications. The goal is to prevent skin irritation, discomfort, and maintain skin integrity by gently and thoroughly removing residual adhesives.


  • Persistent adhesive residues on the skin after removal of medical tapes or dressings.
  • Skin irritation or damage caused by adhesive residues.
  • Patients with sensitive skin or allergies that react to prolonged adhesive exposure.


  • No specific preparation is required from the patient.
  • The healthcare provider may need to assess the type and extent of adhesive residue present.

Procedure Description

  1. Assessment: The healthcare provider assesses the skin area with adhesive residue.
  2. Application: A small amount of adhesive remover or solvent is applied to the adhesive residue using a cotton pad, gauze, or directly from the bottle.
  3. Action: The solvent is allowed to act on the adhesive for a few moments, dissolving the residue.
  4. Removal: The skin is gently wiped clean with a soft cloth or cotton pad, removing the dissolved adhesive and the solvent.
  5. Cleanse: The area is wiped with a damp cloth to remove any remaining solvent and allowed to air dry.

Tools and Equipment: Cotton pads, gauze, soft cloth, adhesive remover or solvent. Anesthesia or Sedation: Not applicable.


The procedure typically takes about 5 to 10 minutes, depending on the amount of adhesive residue.


This procedure can be performed in various settings, including hospitals, outpatient clinics, or even at home with proper instruction.


Usually performed by:

  • Nurses or medical assistants in clinical settings
  • Caregivers or patients themselves after receiving appropriate guidance

Risks and Complications

  • Minimal risks are associated with the use of adhesive removers.
  • Rarely, patients may experience localized skin reactions, such as redness or mild irritation.
  • Proper use and following instructions typically avoid complications.


  • Immediate relief from discomfort caused by adhesive residues.
  • Prevention of skin irritation and potential infections.
  • Improved skin integrity and patient comfort.
  • The results are typically realized immediately following the procedure.


  • No significant recovery time is needed.
  • Patients can resume normal activities immediately.
  • Follow-up appointments are not usually required unless skin issues persist.


  • Manual removal using water and soap, though often less effective and more irritating.
  • Use of natural oils like olive oil, though may be less efficient in some cases compared to medical solvents.

Pros of Adhesive Remover:

  • Gentle and effective.
  • Specifically designed for medical adhesives.

Cons of Alternatives:

  • Less effective.
  • May require more effort or cause irritation.

Patient Experience

  • Patients typically feel minimal discomfort during the procedure.
  • Most find the process soothing as it alleviates the sticky, uncomfortable feeling left by adhesive residue.
  • If any mild irritation occurs, it can be managed with moisturizer or mild topical treatments.

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