Reviewed by Christine Kijek, Registered Colorectal Nurse, on August 20, 2022
We have all sprained an ankle or wrist, but do we know how to properly use medical tape to help the healing process? Medical tape uses can be varied and depending on the injury or location the techniques used can also vary. Common types of medical tape can include kinesiology tape, rigid strapping tape, elastic adhesive bandages, and easy tear stretched tape among others. So how do you choose medical tape and apply it properly? We here at Health Products for You can give you the skinny on medical tapes and their proper usage.
You may think medical tape is all the same, but you would be remarkably mistaken. The saying “the right tool for the right job” definitely can be applied for choosing the appropriate medical tape. To determine which medical tape is appropriate for your needs, first ask yourself a couple of simple questions. First, do you have any allergies or maybe sensitive skin? Secondly, where on your body do you need to use the tape? Some issues for your consideration include:
Adhesive strength and breathability can contribute to the irritation of sensitive skin.
If you suspect you may have allergies, try to determine if it’s the tape itself, adhesive, or even latex. If after trying other tapes you still experience reactions, try a hypoallergenic tape.
Your selection of medical tape is directly affected by where you may be using it. For instance, a particularly hairy site might benefit from a tape that adheres to itself instead of skin.
Your doctor or physical therapist can help you determine which type of medical tape would be right or appropriate for your specific need.
Once you have determined the appropriate medical tape for your need, medical taping techniques can go a long way in determining the efficacy of that tape and the effectiveness of its support. As with any medical or first aid device, a few simple steps can help you apply your medical tape properly and these include:
As important as the proper application is the removal of medical tape is just as important (especially if you don’t want to remove skin). This is doubly important if you have sensitive skin since an injury can occur to your skin during removal. Follow these simple steps for easy medical tape removal:
Hy-Tape is perfect for extended wear while it gently accommodates underlying tissue shifts. It saves time, reduces costs, and gives patients an unmatched level of comfort. It is designed to perform in critical situations. The gentle zinc oxide adhesive holds tight but releases gently, protecting delicate skin. The Hy-Tape resists moisture, conforms to body contours, and adheres firmly to oily and hairy skin. It is washable with soap and water. It leaves little or no residue after the adhesive has been removed.
Molnlycke Mepitac Soft Silicone Tape is a secure and gentle fixation tape with Safetac technology. It proves to be an ideal solution for patients with fragile and sensitive skin. The unique Safetac adhesive interface assures that Mepitac Silicone Tape can be changed without pain or damage to the skin. Molnlycke Mepitac Tape is made of a soft silicone contact layer, a breathable polyurethane film, and knitted fabric. Silicone being inert, does not interact chemically with the wound. It does not cause any effect on the cells responsible for the healing process.
3M Medipore H Soft Cloth Surgical Tape is a conformable tape that provides stronger adhesion for a range of challenging applications. It is a non-woven polyester, designed to be as soft and gentle as possible and yet deliver the desired performance. Medipore H Tape is particularly useful for securing wound dressings, catheters, and tubing. It is conformable with an excellent cross and diagonal stretch to accommodate swelling and movement. This high adhesion surgical cloth tape is used for a range of applications. The Medipore Tape adhesion builds over time, with the first 24 hours.
The question of what is medical tape used for? can be misleading. The answer is different for each individual patient. Understanding your specific needs can go a long way in helping you decide which type and size of medical tape you may need. Medical tapes come in a wide variety of styles and sizes and with just some easy answers to some simple questions, you can choose which medical tape is appropriate for you.
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Kevin Cleary has been a Health Products For You contributor for many years and has a degree in marketing. His health and wellness journey has a very personal meaning and has guided him in his content writing for HPFY.
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