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Transparent film, sterile, 16 sq. in. or less, each dressing

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Name of the Procedure:

Common name(s): Transparent Film Dressing Application Technical/medical term: Application of Transparent Film Dressing (HCPCS A6257)


A transparent film dressing is a sterile, clear adhesive bandage applied to wounds. It allows medical professionals to monitor the healing process while keeping the area protected from contaminants.


Transparent film dressings are used to cover and protect minor wounds, surgical incisions, or other sites needing a sterile environment. They help in maintaining a moist wound environment which is conducive to healing and preventing infections.


  • Minor wounds, abrasions, or lacerations
  • Post-surgical incisions
  • Sites requiring monitoring without frequent dressing changes
  • Skin tears, blisters, or burns


  • Clean the wound and surrounding area with saline or appropriate cleanser.
  • Ensure the skin is dry around the wound to ensure good adhesion.
  • No special fasting or medication adjustments are typically required for this procedure.

Procedure Description

  1. The wound area is first cleaned and dried.
  2. The transparent film dressing is carefully removed from its packaging with sterile gloves.
  3. The adhesive film is applied gently over the wound, ensuring there are no wrinkles or air bubbles.
  4. The edges of the film are pressed down to secure the dressing.

Tools/Equipment: Transparent film dressing, sterile gloves, wound cleanser (e.g., saline solution). Anesthesia: None required.


The procedure typically takes about 5-10 minutes, depending on the preparation time.


The procedure can be performed in various settings, such as:

  • Hospitals
  • Outpatient clinics
  • Primary care practices


  • Nurses
  • Medical assistants
  • Physicians or surgeons

Risks and Complications

  • Skin irritation or allergic reaction to the adhesive
  • Infection if the dressing is not applied properly or becomes loose
  • Pain or discomfort if the film is removed improperly


  • Protection and monitoring of the wound without frequent dressing changes
  • Maintenance of a moist environment that promotes faster healing
  • Reduced risk of contamination and infection


  • Keep the dressing clean and dry.
  • Watch for signs of infection (e.g., redness, increased pain, swelling).
  • Change the dressing according to the healthcare provider's instructions, usually every 5-7 days or if it becomes loose or soiled.
  • Follow-up appointments are typically scheduled based on the wound's progress.


  • Gauze dressings: Pros - cost-effective, Cons - require frequent changes, can be less convenient.
  • Hydrocolloid dressings: Pros - also provide a moist environment, Cons - more expensive and less transparent.

Patient Experience

  • Patients may feel a slight tugging sensation during application and removal.
  • Generally, there is no pain associated with the application itself.
  • Properly applied dressings are comfortable and allow for routine activities without significant restriction.
  • Pain management typically not required beyond over-the-counter pain relievers if needed.

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