A soluble adhesive can help nurses reduce the time it takes to remove children's dressings, according to research at Liverpool's Alder Hey children's hospital.
Researchers carried out a randomised trial involving 53 boys who had undergone hypospadias repair.
Patients received a standard dressing or a dressing plus a clear non-sting barrier film, which dried to form a breathable coating. The film was intended to protect the skin when an adhesive solvent was used to remove the dressing.
The authors said the novel dressing took 30 minutes on average to remove, compared to 40 minutes for the usual dressing, which required soaking in the bath. They also found no significant differences in pain scores or parental anxiety.
Journal of Pediatric Urology (2007) 3: 209-213