Advantages of Tegaderm include its breathability and conformation to the skin such that it adheres in places such as the fingers and toes.
Tegaderm may also be used in "buddy strapping" of fingers. Buddy-strapping is a method of finger splinting that allows protected active movement in situations such as stable phalangeal fractures, undisplaced stable metacarpal fractures and ligamentous interphalangeal joint injuries. Tegaderm is simple for patients to self-apply. A full range of movement is possible with full support provided throughout.
The name Tegaderm comes from the Latin prefix "tega" meaning 'cover' and the Greek root "derm" meaning 'skin.'