Source:

Nursing2015

July 2006, Volume 36 Number 7 , p 8 - 8 [FREE]

Author

  • Deb Johnson RN, BA

Abstract

 

Nurses should know that not all drug patches are waterproof. My personal experience has been that Lidoderm (lidocaine patch 5%) isn't waterproof and it absorbs water. Lidoderm is worn only 12 hours per day, so someone using it should bathe, shower, or swim before applying or after removing this patch. A patch that's been removed should never be reapplied.

 

DEB JOHNSON, RN, BA

 

Katy, Tex.

 

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Nurses should know that not all drug patches are waterproof. My personal experience has been that Lidoderm (lidocaine patch 5%) isn't waterproof and it absorbs water. Lidoderm is worn only 12 hours per day, so someone using it should bathe, shower, or swim before applying or after removing this patch. A patch that's been removed should never be reapplied.

DEB JOHNSON, RN, BA

Katy, Tex.

Section Description

Send comments to Letters Editor, Nursing2006, 323 Norristown Road, Suite 200, Ambler, PA 19002-2758. Or send e-mails (no attachments, please) to Betsy.Lowe@wolterskluwer.com. Please include your name, credentials, complete mailing address, e-mail address (if applicable), and daytime phone number. Letters are edited for content, length, and grammar.