Bandages, gauze, and other dressings are attached to the skin around wounds with medical adhesive tape, also known as surgical tape. Most adhesive tapes are pressure sensitive tapes, which means they adhere and stay in place when you apply hard pressure. Medical adhesive tape comes in a variety of materials, but the majority of them are breathable for comfort and convenience.
Different Types of Medical Adhesive Tape
Different varieties of sticky tape are used for different purposes in the medical industry. Different types of adhesive tapes are mentioned below. You must know about them and their use.
Micropore Paper Tape: Micropore paper tape is hypoallergenic and may be used long-term without causing skin irritation.
Transpore Polyethylene Tape: This hypoallergenic, transparent tape adheres to the patient while avoiding surgical gloves and other instruments. Because it sticks effectively to damp surfaces — such as wet, bleeding, or sweating patients — this extremely strong tape is frequently used to hold tubes or dressings.
Zinc Oxide Tape : Typically used to avoid sports injuries, zinc oxide tape also aids in wound healing, injury stabilization, and soft tissue protection for athletes. This tape is extremely robust and can withstand high quantities of moisture in humid settings (sweat).
Waterproof Tape : Although waterproof adhesive tape is specifically developed for usage in water, it does have limits. The tape will only function if you apply it to dry skin or if the tape is dry, to begin with.
Cloth tape : It is flexible and pleasant, making it one of the most versatile and extensively used forms of medical adhesive tape. It adheres to the skin best (rather than a cloth dressing or bandage), leaves no sticky residue when removed, shreds in any direction, and is perfect for long-term usage.
Uses of Medical Adhesive Tape
Best for Emergency
Transpore polyethene tape is commonly used by medical personnel on the go, such as EMS and ambulance employees, since it is efficient, durable, and adheres effectively to any surface, including ones coated in hair, water, or blood. It's also waterproof, so patients may use it when showering or swimming. The breathable substance of Transpore tape provides for appropriate airflow for healing as well as the passage of perspiration and other physiological fluids. It might leave a residue on the skin or irritate individuals with sensitive skin because it's one of the stronger types. Versatile, dependable, and simple to rip. That covers the majority of medical issues.
Part of your Everyday life
Micropore paper tape performs effectively in low-pressure conditions. It's not only soft on the skin (leaving no sticky residue), but it also remains there for several days without sliding off, despite not being one of the strongest adhesive tapes available.
Micropore tape is breathable and simple to remove, facilitating wound healing. It's water-resistant but not waterproof, and it's not as flexible as other sticky tapes.
Go Athletics go
Zinc oxide tape (sports tape) is the solution when it comes to medical adhesive tape that is strong, durable, and flexible. While normal adhesive tapes work best on flat body portions like the forearm, shin, and back, most sports tapes are made to adhere to flexible, moving parts and remain there. This durable tape enables athletes to move freely without concern of injury or the tape coming undone.
Suitable for Wet places
The use of waterproof adhesive tape isn't limited to swimmers. One of its primary functions is to prevent blisters and chafing skin. Because this tape adheres nicely to the skin but not to hair, skin surfaces must be prepped. This sticky tape is also extremely flexible, flexing and moving with the body to fit between fingers and toes, under the armpit, and on the palm. Waterproof tape may be ripped with your fingertips despite its strength, making it ideal for fast-paced circumstances.
- Last updated on Sep 29, 2022