Montgomery Straps are Paired adhesive straps applied to either side of a wound (usually abdominal), the central sections of which are folded back on themselves with several perforations at the leading edges. This provides a method of securing a bandage and subsequently changing it without having to replace the tape each time.
They are hypoallergenic adhesive straps not made with natural rubber latex used to facilitate frequent dressing changes and help prevent skin trauma. Can be cut to size. Used with packing strips as laces. They are semi-permeable to be breathable, strong, and comfortable. They have adhesive sides and loopholes for ties that can be either gauze strips or cotton tape that’s purchased separately. Montgomery Straps are white, non-sterile, and latex free to avoid skin allergy issues.
Montgomery Straps Features:
- Adhesive Strap Used in Wound Care
- Facilitate Frequent Dressing Changes Without Removing and Reapplying Tape
- Breathable, Strong, and Comfortable
- Help Prevent and Reduce Risk of Skin Trauma Associated with Taping
- Sheet Sizes Can be Cut to Any Length
- Adhesive Sides
- Loop Holes for Ties (Ties Sold Separately)
Montgomery Straps Benefits:
- Facilitates frequent dressing changes without having to remove the dressing
- Great for use with packing strips to tie
- Montgomery straps should be considered for the patient needing frequent dressing changes and/or whose skin is irritated by tape removal.
- They are commercially available and made of hyporeactive tape with a permeable cloth backing.
- They may be made out of adhesive tape for the non-sensitive skin patient.
- Adhere to Standard Precautions.
- Explain the procedure to the patient.
- Observe the wound and estimate the amount and size of Montgomery straps needed.
- To make Montgomery straps:
- Cut 4 to 6 strips of 2 to 3-inch wide tape for sufficient length to allow the tape to extend about 6 inches beyond the wound on each side. The length of the tape depends on the patient’s size as well as the type and amount of dressing.
- Fold one end of each strip 2 to 3 inches over on itself with the sticky side in.
- Fold each end again in half and cut out a small semicircle. When using 3-inch tape, cut 2 small semicircles on each end.
- Follow dressing orders.
- To apply Montgomery straps:
- Cleanse the patient’s skin to prevent irritation. After the skin dries, apply a skin protectant to the skin to where the tape will adhere. Allowprotectant to dry.
- Apply semi-permeable, membrane dressing to the skin where Montgomery straps will adhere.
- Apply Montgomery straps with the hole ends opposing on opposite sides of the dressing. Thread holes with gauze strips or cotton tape, bring the opposing straps together, and tie. Instead of using tied strips to fasten straps, place safety pins through the holes on each side and hook a rubber band into the opposing side. The rubber band allows a slight give with body movement. The dressing is easily changed by unsnapping the safety pins on one side.
- Discard soiled supplies in appropriate containers
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