Caring for your Burn Wound using Retention Dressing

Southern Tasmania Area Health ServicesTasmanian Health Service - Southern Region

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Caring for your Burn Wound using Retention Dressing

Tasmanian Burns Unit - Patient Information Brochure

  • Wash over the dressings with water twice a day.
  • It is OK to shower normally and to wet the dressing.


  • Dry thoroughly, using a towel to pat dry.
  • Avoid activities that may cause injury to the wound and lead to bleeding or infection, e.g. gardening, swimming, or mechanical repairs.
  • If the wound becomes red and hot with an increase in pain or swelling beneath the dressing, or if blisters form, return to the Burns Unit for review by the nurse.

Removal of your Retention Dressing

Please remove your dressing as instructed on:


  • Coat the dressing in oil (olive, baby or vegetable), making sure the dressing is well soaked.
  • Wrap the dressing in glad-wrap and a bandage if necessary to prevent oil from staining your clothing or bed linen. Cover with an old T-shirt or sock.
  • Leave glad-wrap in place for a minimum of four hours. This can be overnight.
  • Wash carefully in the shower or bath to remove the dressing.


  • Spray retention dressing with De-Solv-It (available from hardware stores) and leave for 1 minute. Remove dressing. Wash area thoroughly to remove all adhesive.
  • Do not use if allergic to citrus fruit/oil
  • If the area remains raw and/or unhealed ensure that you have another appointment in the burns clinic.
  • If the area is healed apply a moisturiser (such as sorbolene cream) 3-4 times a day. Protect area from friction and sunlight.

If you have any problems or queries regarding your burn, please do not hesitate to telephone the Burns Unit on (03) 6166 8566 and speak to the nurse.


Argyle Street Car Park

Opening Hours
Monday – Thursday 8.00 am – 6.30 pm
Friday 8.00 am – 9.30 pm
Saturday 8.30 am – 5.30 pm
Sunday 9.30 am – 4.30 pm

Market Place Car Park

24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

This information was correct at time of publication. For updated information please refer to Hobart City Council's website 

Street parking

Parking spaces are available outside the RHH in Campbell and Argyle Streets.

Short-term parking

Short term parking for people with disabilities, and/or for patient drop off/pick up is available in the forecourt of the RHH in Liverpool Street and outside the RHH in Argyle and Campbell Streets.

Please note:

The Liverpool Street entrance to the RHH is accessible 24 hours a day, seven days per week but the Argyle and Campbell Street entrances are closed between the hours of 8.30pm to 6am.

Contact Details

Burns Outpatient Clinic
12th Floor, Wellington Clinics
Argyle Street

Business Hours

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday
Telephone:  6166 0098
Fax:  6234 9636

Wednesdays, Weekends, Public Holidays and after hours contact

Tasmanian Burns Unit
Surgical Specialities
5th Floor, A Block
Telephone:  6166 8566 (this service is also available 24hrs/day for advice)
Fax:  6234 9636

Printable PDF Brochure

The Royal Hobart Hospital (RHH) is Tasmania's largest hospital and provides a number of state-wide services that include cardiothoracic surgery, neurosurgery, burns, hyperbaric and diving medicine, neonatal and paediatric intensive care and high-risk obstetrics.

It is the major teaching and research hospital for the state and works closely with the University of Tasmania.

Many health care professions are taught within the RHH, and gaining skills in examining and interviewing patients is an important part of their education and training.

We ask for your cooperation and encourage you to participate in our teaching and research activities.

Your permission is required for participation.

The RHH encourages feedback from patients, relatives and visitors.  This feedback enables staff to gain a better understanding of the needs of patients and assists us in continuing to provide the best in patient care.  Contact the Manager, Consumer Liaison Service, telephone 1800 811 911.

RHH is a smoke-free site

Date: October 2013