Category Page for TapesMedical tape, also known as surgical tape or first-aid tape, is an adhesive designed to hold bandages, gauze, dressings, or other first aid items around wounds. The most suitable medical tape should be gentle on the skin, easy-to-use, and durable to not tear during movement.
There are several medical tapes available in the market. Here are some things you should look for when choosing the right surgical tape for your needs.
Paper TapePaper medical tape should be breathable and lightweight. What's more, they should be gentle on the skin while providing secure adhesion. Opt for a paper tape when frequently changing bandages to avoid a painful removal and no sticky residue left behind. They are also hypoallergenic to help prevent skin irritations and reactions and conform to skin.
Paper tape comes in a water-resistant option, which is a good choice if the wearer is going to be showering or sweating, as it holds firm on damp skin.
Find air and moisture permeable paper tapes for a breathable design.
Dressing Retention TapeRetention tapes are the best option when covering dressings made from non-woven fabric such as abdominal pads. The ideal dressing retention tape is stretchable, conforms to the body's contour, and allows body movements. It should also be non-absorbent to provide a barrier for blood and fluid.
Choose a dressing retention tape with non-irritating adhesive features and made with wear-resistant fabric. You can also find dressing retention tapes with grid guidelines for easier measurement. It will make your job easier if it comes in a convenient dispenser box for quick and easy access.
Clear Plastic Medical TapeClear plastic tape is transparent, perforated, and ideal for securing dressings and other medical devices. They should offer strong adhesion and be easy to tear. Choose hypoallergenic, air, and moisture-absorbent products to avoid sensitivities and problems removing the tape from the skin.
Transparent surgical tapes are breathable, gently removes from the skin, and are easy to handle while wearing gloves.
Cloth TapeCloth medical tapes are flexible, provide comfort, high strength, and allow easier movements. They are generally used to hold wound dressings, tubings, and catheters in place. It's good to note that cloth tape will stick nicely to both skin and cloth.
Medical cloth tapes are useful for bandage changes, securing splints or bone fractures, and when you need to write on or label the tape.
When looking for a cloth tape, find one with silk-like cloth construction, hypoallergenic, and air and moisture permeable. This will allow you to remove the tape without discomfort and reduce the risk of allergic reactions and skin irritation. Most cloth tape is air permeable, which helps promote better healing for wounds.
Cast TapeCast tape is useful in creating a splint or it can go under a fiberglass cast to help prevent broken bones from moving. Casting tapes also provide a multi-directional stretch that allows easier and faster movements for patients. When looking for cast tapes, choose products made of fiberglass for the best results. Fiberglass tape is strong, durable, and easy to manipulate.
These fiberglass tapes use a water resin system so that the material can contour to the body without drying up. You can also find ones not made with natural rubber latex for those with sensitivities to the material.
Silicone TapeSilicone tape is a long-lasting, highly durable protective tape that contains a thin layer of silicone gel to form a bond on the skin. They can stay attached even when the wearer moves. Silicone medical tapes are available in a range of formats that can suit any of your design criteria. Choosing a water-resistant or waterproof tape will be useful when it comes to showering or bathing while protecting casts, wounds, and dressings.
Silicone tape works well on fragile, sensitive skin. They also minimize pain and allow for re-use with its repositionable design. The silicone adhesive can be removed cleanly without disrupting the delicate skin layers.
For more questions about medical tapes and to learn the right type for your specific needs, please talk to your doctor.