3M Durapore Silk Cloth Hypoallergenic Tape

3M Durapore Silk Cloth Hypoallergenic Tape

Brand/Manufacturer: 3M


3M Durapore Silk Cloth Hypoallergenic Tape is a silk-like tape with hypoallergenic adhesive. It provides high strength and adhesion for secured dressing. The excellent adhesion of 3M Durapore provides security for critical taping situations.

Why choose 3M Durapore?

  • Adheres well to dry skin
  • Allows skin to breathe
  • Two-directional tear
  • Water-resistant
  • Non-latex

Item #DescPkg Price 
1538-0 3M Durapore Tape, 1/2" x 10yd Each $0.02
1538-0 3M Durapore Tape, 1/2" x 10yd 10/Pack $0.19
1538-0 3M Durapore Tape, 1/2" x 10yd 24/Pack $0.42
1538-0 3M Durapore Tape, 1/2" x 10yd 24/Pack, 10Pk/Case $3.90
1538-1 3M Durapore Tape, 1" x 10yd Each $0.04
1538-1 3M Durapore Tape, 1" x 10yd 12/Pack $0.39
1538-1 3M Durapore Tape, 1" x 10yd 12/Pack, 10Pk/Case $3.66
1538-2 3M Durapore Tape, 2" x 10yd Each $0.09
1538-2 3M Durapore Tape, 2" x 10yd 6/Pack $0.45
1538-2 3M Durapore Tape, 2" x 10yd 6/Pack, 10Pk/Case $3.76
1538-3 3M Durapore Tape, 3" x 10yd Each $0.11
1538-3 3M Durapore Tape, 3" x 10yd 4/Pack $0.39
1538-3 3M Durapore Tape, 3" x 10yd 4/Pack, 10Pk/Case $3.66

3M Durapore Tape Features

  • Perfect for securing regular and bulky dressings, tubing and immobilization
  • Designed to be as gentle as possible, yet deliver the desired performance
  • Durable, no-stretch silk-like Cloth Tape for critical tubing applications
  • Convenient bi-directional tear for easy application
  • High strength, versatile and conformable
  • Pressure sensitive - adheres with only finger or hand pressure
  • Not made with natural rubber latex
  • Hypoallergenic Tape
  • Color: White
  • Non-Sterile

When to use Durapore Tape?

  • Securing tubing and devices
  • Immobilizing fingers and toes
  • Anchoring bulky dressings
  • Stabilizing finger splints

How Safe And Effective is 3M Durapore?

Safe as shown by:
  • Human Cumulative Irritation Patch Testing
  • Human Repeat Insult Patch Testing

Effective as shown by:
  • Product evaluations in clinical settings
  • Extensive tests on human volunteers

3M Durapore - Tips For Trouble-free Taping

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How to use 3M Durapore Tape?

3m Durapore Tape 1538 Prior Application Instructions

  • 3M Durapore Surgical Tape should be applied without tension to clean, dry skin.
  • A clipper may be used to remove hair, if necessary.
  • To protect at-risk skin, 3M Cavilon No Sting Barrier Film may be applied and when thoroughly dry, tape may be applied over it.
  • In general, do not encircle a limb completely with tape.
  • If distention is anticipated, use a tape that stretches or a self-adherent wrap to secure the dressing or tubing.

3M Durapore Application:

A. General taping:
  1. Apply 3M Silk tape without tension, gently but firmly stroking the surface to maximize adhesion. 
  2. Tape should extend at least one-half inch beyond the dressing. 
  3. Durapore Surgical Tape should not be pulled or stretched when applied. 
  4. If swelling does occur, loosen and re-fasten or replace tape to relieve the tension.
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B. When compression is needed:
  1. Place first section of tape without tension onto skin on one side of the dressing, gently pressing downward.
  2. With one hand, secure tape on one edge of the dressing while slightly stretching next section of tape over the dressing.
  3. Secure tape on opposite edge of the dressing.
  4. Press remaining tape onto skin without tension.
  5. Compression should come from the multiple layers of dressing material, not from excessive tension in the tape. 
  6. Skin distention under tape may result in blistering and should be relieved as soon as possible.
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How to remove 3M Durapore Silk Tape?

Proper tape removal is critical in reducing the skin trauma:
  1. Loosen edges of 3M Durapore Surgical Tape. If necessary, press a small piece of tape onto a corner to start an edge of the tape.
  2. Stabilize the skin with one finger.
  3. Remove tape “low and slow” in direction of hair growth, keeping it close to skin surface and pull back over itself.
  4. Removing tape at an angle will pull the epidermis increasing risk of mechanical trauma. As tape is removed, continue supporting newly exposed skin.
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What to Consider While Choosing A Tape For Tube Or Dressing Secural?

I. Degree of importance of tube or dressing:
  • The more critical the tubing/dressing, the higher the adhesion required.
  • Strength of adhesion and backing may be more important than gentleness.
  • Gentle tapes with higher adhesion may be used without increasing the risk of skin trauma if properly applied and removed.
  • Some tapes are less gentle but are used for high initial adhesion, high long-term adhesion and high strength of backing.

II. Surface characteristics:

  • Dry
  • Damp
  • Diaphoretic
  • Wet: secretions, leaking tubes
  • Weeping
  • Macerated
  • Oily
  • Hairy
  • Edematous
  • Intact vs. impaired skin integrity
  • Elastic vs. non-elastic
  • Fragile skin (elderly, very young)
  • “At-risk” (e.g., patient on systemic
    corticosteroids, chemotherapy; malnourished)
  • Flexing
  • Material
  • Weight
  • Conformability
  • Contour
  • Weight
  • Material: metal, plastic, other 
  • Diameter: small, large
  • Texture: smooth, ribbed, other
  • Material: PVC, silicone, other
  • Weight
  • Length
  • Potential for drag or pull
  • Other support (e.g., sutures, tunneling)

  • Heavy tubings require higher adhesion.
  • Bulky dressings require high conformability and may require greater adhesion.
  • Individual results may vary.

III. Activity level of patient:

  • The more active the patient, the higher the adhesion required. 

IV.Potential for skin surface distention or movement:
  • The risk of skin damage may be reduced by using tapes that stretch with skin distention or movement.

V. Anticipated wear time:
  • Tape adhesion generally builds over time. Breathable tapes are used for longer term wear. 

VI. History and current medical conditions:
  • History and current medical conditions should be studied e.g., allergies/ sensitivities to medical adhesives, medications, medical conditions

Specifications of 3M Durapore Surgical Tape

Attribute Name





Dressing and Device Securement


Cardiovascular, Critical Care, Emergency, I.V. Therapy, Intensive Care Unit, Labor & Delivery, Medical-Surgical, Oncology, Operating Room-Surgery, Orthopedics, Pediatrics, Radiology, Urgent Care, Wound Care






1.5 Linear Yard, 10 Linear Yard

Length (Metric)

1.37 m, 9.1 m



Product Type

Medical Tape, Surgical Tape


0.5 Inch, 1 Inch, 2 Inch, 3 Inch

Width (Metric)

1.25 cm, 2.5 cm, 5 cm, 7.6 cm


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Is there anything more to know than “sticky side down”?
Bob - 9/17/2015 4:21:43 AM
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Yes, after choosing the appropriate tape, place the tape without tension onto the skin. In general, do not encircle a limb completely with tape since subsequent swelling or an infiltration may compromise circulation. The adhesives on the surgical tapes are "pressure sensitive". 

This means that they are designed to adhere best when gentle, but firm, finger or hand pressure is applied to the tape, rubbing it into place. Skin has hills and valleys. Just laying a piece of tape on the skin only gives you contact with the top of the hills. Gentle, but firm strokes along the tape allows the adhesive to come into contact with more of the skin surface. 

This will increase initial adhesion and decrease the risk of "rolling" or losing your tape to friction. Usually, the tackier - or stickier - the tape, the less pressure is needed.
Customer Service - 9/5/2017 2:22:28 PM
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Why do some tapes leave so much sticky residue on tubes?
Nancy - 9/17/2015 4:16:21 AM
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Plasticizers are used in many medical grade PVC tubes to make them soft, pliable, and more comfortable for patients. Plasticizers tend to "leach" out of the tubing and interact with the tape adhesive, leaving a sticky, gummy residue. 3M Durapore Silk Cloth Hypoallergenic Tape is often used to secure tubing. In general, the longer the Durapore tape is on the tubing, the gummier it will be when the tape is changed.
Customer Service - 9/5/2017 2:25:01 PM
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Why do we have an expiration date for tapes? What happens when a tape “expires”? 
Lisa - 9/17/2015 4:08:20 AM
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Although an expiration date is not required for surgical tapes in the U.S., an expiration date is required by a number of other countries. You might think of it as a "best quality if used by…". In general, we do not expect changes in performance shortly after the expiration date, but 3M ensures performance within that time frame. The recommended shelf life for 3M Durapore tape is 5 years under normal storage conditions.
Customer Service - 9/5/2017 2:27:12 PM
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Is Durapore tape sterile? Can it be sterilized?
Sue - 9/17/2015 4:07:58 AM
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3M Durapore Silk Cloth Hypoallergenic Tape is sold clean but not sterile. It may be sterilized by ethylene oxide or gamma but not by steam (autoclave).
Customer Service - 7/30/2018 2:30:31 AM