Medical tape, also known as surgical tape, gauze tape, or wound tape, is a specially manufactured adhesive tape used for efficient wound care. A first-aid tape is used directly on the skin to hold wound bandages and dressings in place. Apart from wound care, these hospital tapes are often used for many different reasons. A quality wound tape must be skin-friendly, easily applicable, and adhesive enough to stick to the skin when a person is mobile. HPFY carries varied types of medical tape at the best prices from top manufacturers like 3M, Reliamed, and Mckesson, to name a few.
Most hospital tapes for skin are a type of pressure-sensitive tape(sticks and stays in place with firm pressure). Surgical tapes are used -
Skin is the first line of defense against bacterial and antimicrobial infections. Hence, it is important to keep the skin healthy and fresh. According to the Medical Adhesives and Patient Safety: State of the Science, a research paper published in the Journal of Wound Ostomy Continence, any medical adhesive product should be chosen based on the following factors.
Allergies are a serious concern for many people. Hypoallergenic tapes are specifically designed for people with sensitive skin. HPFY offers a wide range of hypoallergenic adhesive tapes for skin and wound care.
Cloth tapes have a cloth backing, and some of them offer gentle compression on the injury. Cloth tapes are generally used to secure ventilation tubes and intravenous lines and may also be used to tag scrubs and other devices.
Waterproof surgical tapes for medical use come in many variants, such as single-sided and double-sided. Using a waterproof tape enables the prevention of water seeping through the bandage and into the wound. It also prevents fluid from the wound from escaping through the bandage. These are especially useful for swimmers.
Paper tapes have pores that make them breathable and ideal for the quick healing of sensitive skin. Also known as micropore tape, this type is ideal for application on elderly people and in cases where wounds need frequent dressing changes.
Because of their elasticity, elastic tapes are highly conformable and offer multi-directional stretch. They offer the stretch required for dynamic pressure dressing, promote patient comfort and accommodate swelling.
Surgical tapes provide secure adhesion and are designed for compression applications, specialist applications, and dressing hard-to-reach areas. They are available in cloth, paper, plastic, and foam. Surgical tapes are suitable for securing dressings, IV tubing, catheters, stabilizing body parts, etc.
Transparent tapes allow the wound to be viewed and reviewed without the removal of the tape. Suitable for holding facial dressings, IV tubes, and catheters, these clear tapes are permeable from the inside and, therefore, breathable.
Dressing retention tapes are designed to hold primary dressings, like gauze and foam, in place. They also hold catheters, cannulas, and IV tubing in place. A dressing retention tape stretches for easy application and is breathable and highly conformable.
Sports tapes are meant to provide high tensile strength and strong support to active persons. Strong adhesive is used, which leaves behind a minimal residue. Multi-purpose in nature, sports tapes are easy to tear.
Yes, these tapes are fairly safe for use. These are gentle on the skin and offer strong adhesion while leaving very minimal or even no residue behind.
Most medical tapes available at HPFY are non-toxic, hypoallergenic hospital tapes. These do not cause skin irritation and heal wounds quickly.
Yes, we carry a wide range of waterproof tapes, such as 3M Transpore Surgical Tape, a transparent and perforated plastic medical tape with an easy bi-directional tear, which makes it easy to handle even with surgical gloves. The surgical tape is ideal for those with latex sensitivity; it has a hypoallergenic adhesive for reliable adhesion. The breathable, water-resistant tapes secure tubings, devices, and bulky dressings with utmost ease.
Continuous use of medical gauze tape may perturb the skin integrity. Use a skin barrier wipe, spray, or a film like the Cavilon No Sting Barrier Film to protect your skin from getting irritated.
Usually, tapes for wounds fall off on their own within 7 to 10 days. If it does not come off within ten days, consult your medical care team before taking it off yourself. In case you are told to remove the tape on your own -
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