Pressure dressing after pm implant

Hi, I am not finding a good website to show me how to apply pressure dressing to my daughter's pacemaker incision sight. She just had it implanted Friday, 12/20/2019. I applied the 4X4 gauze pads and used 3m foam tape that the hospital provided. I am just concerned that it is not puting enough pressure on the site. It is going across her chest. I cannot put it under her left armpit because she had an incision there, as well. So it goes from one shoulder to the other shoulder. Any suggestions would be appreciated. Thank you.




by Pacer2019 - 2019-12-22 15:08:43

When I came home they had an adhesive bandage on my site and said don't remove it or get it wet for a coil,e of weeks 

Here is a discussion

by Pacer2019 - 2019-12-22 15:11:28

Why pressure?

by Hoser - 2019-12-22 21:15:01

Curious as to why you need a pressure bandage for a PM?

Patients are told to NOT touch the PM, don't play with it or "fiddle".

Pressure bandages, by definition, are used to put pressure on a wound, for a specific reason. This is in direct conflict with PM patient instructions.


Pressure bandage?

by AgentX86 - 2019-12-22 22:56:25

My incision was glued together with steri-strips covering the wound.  I was told to leave the steri-strips alone and they'd fall off at the appropriate time.  I was told not to cover it with anything (before or after the strips fell off).  At my wound check (week or ten days, don't remember) they took the rest of the strips off to check it, then told me to leave it uncovered after.  I don't get the pressure bandage idea.  It's not like an open wound, or had better not be.


by Sunday - 2019-12-23 12:38:32

My pacemaker put in 11/19. Glue on incision and did not need pressure. Maybe you need to call your Doctor or Nurse for instructions.  Was told leave it alone.  All the Glue will turn loose and drop off.  Have mine on the Right side.  Incision looks really great. No problems.

Pressure dressing after pm implant

by Jhog - 2019-12-23 15:59:46

Based on the comments, it appears that it is because she also had the original pm removed that was put in under her armpit, since no one experienced. She had that one removed and then the new one put in on her left part of her chest. Pressure needs to be applied so that fluid will not build up. They took the bandages off her in the hospital but I wish they had left them on. She is 25 so she helps me with the bandage so that she can feel pressure. 

Thanks for the replies.



by new to pace.... - 2019-12-23 17:15:03

If you had said all those comments in your first comment you would have recieved different answers. The ones you were looking for.  Since this is a second implant and not a first one for her and you.   

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