How to use opsite

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OpSite is an innovative polyurethane-based transparent dressing for wounds. Smith & Nephew manufacture seven products in the OpSite range for a variety of clinical applications. All are waterproof but still allow the skin to breathe. OpSite dressings produce superior cosmetic results to skin sutures and are more flexible in awkward areas of conventional gauze dressings. According to a study at the Naas general hospital in 2010, clinicians found OpSite dressings were "better than the dressing they routinely used for 92 per cent of patients." The two commonly used products for home use are OpSite Plus and OpSite Spray.

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Check that the wound is dry and not weeping. You should use OpSite spray only on dry wounds, such as unbroken blisters, vaccination spots and minor grazes.

Make sure you're in a well-ventilated area away from any naked flame source and do not smoke when applying the spray.

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Invert the can so that it is upside down. Point the nozzle at the wound site, and from 6 inches away spray the area evenly. Smith & Nephew recommend that you apply the dressing in thin layers and build it up for the best results. You should be able to flex the injury site without cracking the spray dressing.

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Remove the dressing if you need to reapply a new one by peeling it off. The spray dressing will also naturally come off over time or you can take it off with sticking plaster remover and a cotton ball.

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Use on injuries such as minor cuts and burns. OpSite Plus has an absorbent pad for use on wet wounds.

Peel off the backing on the OpSite Plus dressing and centre the pad over the wound. Smooth the transparent film from the centre to the edges to adhere to the skin and make a waterproof seal.

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Change the dressing as required. You can check this easily because the transparent film over the top of the pad allows you to see if the dressing is wet. Remove the pad gently, taking care not to damage the skin, and dispose of the dressing responsibly.

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Repeat Step 1 to apply a new dressing. Consult with a health care professional as a precaution if it is not healing as you expect. If the wound is repairing well and is now dry, you can use OpSite Spray instead for the final days of healing.

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