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What is a medical tape?

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.

What are surgical tapes used for?

Most hospital tapes for skin are a type of pressure-sensitive tape(sticks and stays in place with firm pressure). Gauze Tape offers many usages. It keeps bandages, gauze, and other dressings in place. Some of the uses are listed below -

How to Choose a Medical Tape for Wound Care?

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.

Different Types of Surgical Gauze Tape at HPFY

1. Hypoallergenic Tapes

Allergies are a serious concern for many people. Hypoallergenic medical grade tapes are specifically designed for people with sensitive skin. HPFY offers a wide range of hypoallergenic adhesive tapes for skin and wound care.

2. Cloth Tapes

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.

3. Waterproof Tapes

Waterproof surgical tapes for medical use come in many variants such as single-sided, and double-sided hospital tapes. Using a waterproof medical tape enables the prevention of water seeping through the bandage and into the wound. It also prevents fluid from the wound to escape through the bandage. These tapes are especially useful for swimmers.

4. Paper Tapes

Paper tapes have pores which make them breathable and ideal for 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.

5. Elastic Tapes

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.

6. Surgical Tapes

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 and catheters, stabilizing body parts, etc.

7. Transparent Tapes

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 medical tapes are permeable from the inside and therefore breathable.

8. Dressing Retention Tapes

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.

9. Sports Tapes

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 medical tapes are easy to tear.

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How do you apply Adhesive Tape?

Prepare the skin

Apply the Tape

FAQ: Decoding Surgical Hospital Tapes

1. Is a gauze tape safe?

Yes, medical gauze 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.

2. Is medical adhesive tape toxic?

Most medical grade tapes available with HPFY are non-toxic, hypoallergenic hospital tapes. These do not cause skin irritation and heal wounds quickly.

3. Can first-aid tape be waterproof?

HPFY has 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 procedures 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.

4. How to make the sterile adhesive tape stick better?

  1. Cleanse the skin - Adhesive tape works best when the area is clean and free of dirt, oil, or debris. Eliminate anything that can get between the skin and tape. Use a good quality skin cleanser for it.
  2. Use the Correct Type of Tape - One tape does not suit all! Therefore, it is important to identify which one would suit your needs and go for it.
  3. Storage of the Surgical Tape - Store the tape at room temperature, away from light and moisture, for longevity. Cold or humid temperatures may also affect the adhesiveness of the tape.
  4. Ensure Hand Hygiene - Greasy or dirty hands can infect the tape and disrupt its adhesiveness. Wash your hands properly to keep the adhesive tape sterile.

5. How can I protect my skin from tape?

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.

6. How do you remove Surgical tape?

Usually, surgical 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 -

  1. Put baby oil around the tape edges, and let it soak in for easier peeling off.
  2. You can also rub alcohol to reduce pain while removing the medical tape. Avoid alcohol in case of an open wound.
  3. Put a lukewarm washcloth and place it over the tape for about 10-15 minutes. Slowly peel the tape back. Rewarm the washcloth if the tape is still sticky.
  4. If the tape is not waterproof, take a long bath, and soak the tapped area. The sogginess and less adhesiveness will make peeling off easier.

Where to buy Medical Tape online?

Health Products For You is your one-stop shop for all your wound care needs. We offer a wide range of wound care supplies including quality and medical grade wound dressings, dressing retainers, dressing protectors, medical tapes, and more from top leading manufacturers such as Medline IndustriesBSN Medical, 3M Cavilon, and Curad. Place your order today and earn reward dollars on every purchase. You can use these earned reward dollars on your next purchase.

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