3M Medipore H Soft Cloth Surgical Tape
3M Medipore H Soft Cloth Surgical Tape

3M Medipore H Soft Cloth Surgical Tape

Brand/Manufacturer: 3M

3M Medipore H Soft Cloth Surgical Tape is a conformable tape that provides stronger adhesion for a range of challenging applications. It is 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.

Benefits of Medipore H Tape:

  • Soft and comfortable
  • Easy-tear perforated rolls
  • Pressure sensitive
  • Water resistant
  • Hypoallergenic 
  • Latex-free

Item #DescPkgRewardPrice 
2861 Medipore H Tape, 1" x 10yd Each $0.14
2861 Medipore H Tape, 1" x 10yd 2/Pack $0.23
2861 Medipore H Tape, 1" x 10yd 12/Pack $1.60
2861 Medipore H Tape, 1" x 10yd 2/Pack, 12Pk/Case $2.50
2862 Medipore H Tape, 2" x 10yd Each $0.32
2862 Medipore H Tape, 2" x 10yd 12/Pack $3.75
2862S Medipore H Tape, 2" x 2yd, Short Roll 48/Pack $14.65
2863 Medipore H Tape, 3" x 10yd Each $0.49
2863 Medipore H Tape, 3" x 10yd 12/Pack $5.50
2864 Medipore H Tape, 4" x 10yd Each $0.65
2864 Medipore H Tape, 4" x 10yd 12/Pack $7.75
2866 Medipore H Tape, 6" x 10yd Each $1.14
2866 Medipore H Tape, 6" x 10yd 12/Pack $13.50
2868 Medipore H Tape, 8" x 10yd Each $1.67
2868 Medipore H Tape, 8" x 10yd 6/Pack $10.00

3M Medipore H Soft Cloth Surgical Tape Features

Important Details:

  • Gentle and breathable to maintain skin integrity
  • Reduces the risk of skin irritation
  • Pressure sensitive and can adhere with only finger or hand pressure
  • Conformable with excellent cross and diagonal stretch to accommodate swelling and movement
  • High adhesion surgical cloth tape for a range of applications
  • Medipore Tape adhesion builds over time, with the first 24 hours
  • Perforated tape allows user to tear tape off the roll by hand
  • Prevents Medical Adhesive Related Skin Injuries (MARSI), which is the key for providing positive patient outcomes
  • Easy to apply and remove
  • Easy to handle, with or without gloves
  • No curling or self-adhesion
  • Economical and available in single use roll
  • Hypoallergenic Tape

Indications For Use:

Medipore H Surgical Cloth Tape is used for dressing and device securement and indicated for following condition types:
  • IV Related Condition Type: Arterial Catheter, CVC Implanted Port, CVC Dialysis, CVC Short-Term, CVC PICC, CVC Tunneled, Epidural Catheter, PICC
  • Skin Care Condition Type: Trauma from dressings and tapes, Peri-Tube Skin Irritation and Trauma at Tracheostomy Site
  • Wound Care Condition Type: Closed Intact Surgical Wound, Donor Sites, Laceration, Abrasions, Neuropathic Ulcers, Open Surgical Wounds, Skin Tear, Superficial Partial Thickness Burns, Venous Leg Ulcer

Suggested Applications:

  • When repeated taping is required
  • Securing ostomy pouches or dressings to fragile skin
  • Securing over such areas where skin may stretch as in case of hematoma formation or movement, edema and distention
  • Anchoring post-surgical dressings
  • Used as retentive sheeting over gauze

Safe And Effective Medipore H:

     Safe as shown by:
  • Human Repeat Insult Patch Testing
  • Human Cumulative Irritation Patch Testing
     Effective as shown by:
  • Extensive tests on human volunteers
  • Product evaluations in clinical settings

3M Medipore H - Tips For Trouble Free Taping

How To Use Medipore H Tape?

Smooth And Easy Tearing:

  1. Unroll slightly beyond the desired length.
  2. Slightly bend the rolled-out segment of tape to identify the perforation lines which are spaced every 2 inches along the entire roll.
  3. Grasp the top edge of the tape closest to the perforation line, and quickly "tear" the tape apart.

Prior Application Instructions:

  • 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.

Medipore H Tape Application:

A. General taping:
  1. Apply the Medipore surgical 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. Soft Cloth 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.
 3M Medipore H Soft Cloth Surgical Tape
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 Medipore surgical 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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C. When distention is anticipated:
  1. 3M Medipore H Soft Cloth Surgical Tape has more stretch in the cross-direction and on the bias.
  2. The direction of the stretch should be considered when securing a dressing or tubing to an area that is at high risk for distention, edema, hematoma formation, or movement. 
  3. Anecdotally, applying soft cloth tape parallel to the incision appears to be associated with fewer skin tension injuries than taping perpendicular to the incision.

Medipore H Tape Removal:

Proper tape removal is critical in reducing the skin trauma:
  1. Loosen edges of 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 3M Medipore H Soft Cloth Tape is removed, continue supporting newly exposed skin.
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Considerations 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

3M Medipore H Tape Specifications:

Attribute Name




Clinical Area

Cardiovascular, Critical Care, Dialysis Centre, Emergency Medical Services (EMS), Emergency Room, I.V. Therapy, Intensive Care, Radiology, Surgery


Dressing and Device Securement, I.V. Related, Skin Care, Wound Care


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



IV Related Condition Type

Arterial Catheter, CVC Dialysis, CVC Implanted Port, CVC PICC, CVC Short-Term, CVC Tunneled, Epidural Catheter, PICC




10 Linear Yard, 2 Linear Yard

Length (Metric)

1.8 m, 9.1 m

MaterialSoft Cloth
Product TypeMedical Tape, Surgical Tape
Skin Care Condition TypePeri-Tube Skin Irritation, Tracheostomy Site Trauma, Trauma from Tapes and Dressings
Units per Pack12, 24, 6
Width1 Inch, 2 Inch, 3 Inch, 4 Inch, 6 Inch, 8 Inch
Width (Metric)10 cm, 10.1 cm, 15 cm, 15.2 cm, 2.5 cm, 20 cm, 5 cm, 7.6 cm
Wound Care Condition TypeAbrasions, Closed Intact Surgical Wound, Donor Sites, Laceration, Neuropathic Ulcers, Open Surgical Wounds, Skin Tear, Superficial Partial Thickness Burns, Venous Leg Ulcer


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How can I get tape to let go of my gloves?
Jionat - 3/3/2017 5:06:20 AM
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We tend to hold the 3M Medipore H Soft Cloth Surgical Tape tightly, especially when tearing it off the roll and when gauging where we plan to put the tape. Because the tapes have pressure sensitive adhesives, when we hold them tightly, they stick even more to the gloves. Since the adhesives were designed to easily detach from gloves, try holding the tape a little less tightly, and it will usually “let go”.
Customer Care - 9/18/2018 6:25:38 AM
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What if I used a moisturizer (cream) or an adhesive remover and need to tape over the same area?
Sara Lemon - 9/24/2015 3:56:41 AM
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Reassess the skin. If you wish to retape over an area where you used adhesive remover or moisturizer, you will either need to remove the moisturizer or adhesive remover or use a moisturizer that allows you to tape over it. Some moisturizers (creams) that allow you to retape may actually increase adhesion of some tapes on some people, so it is important to use good technique for subsequent tape removal. 
Customer Service - 9/18/2018 6:21:40 AM
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What is the best way to remove tape?
Nancy - 9/24/2015 3:55:56 AM
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How can I increase tape adhesion?
Dale - 9/24/2015 3:55:25 AM
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To maximize the adhesion of 3M Medipore H Soft Cloth Surgical Tape follow below given steps:
• Start with clean, dry skin 
• Touch the sticky surface of the tape as little as possible 
• Apply sufficient pressure to the tape to get the adhesive into the nooks and crannies of the skin 
• Cover adequate surface area so that the tape can support the tubing or dressing 
• Obtain full contact between the tape and the skin or tubing so that moisture cannot slip between the two and loosen the tape 

Most adhesives stick best to clean, dry surfaces so try to minimize moist conditions as much as possible. 
• Remove substances that contain emollients or oils, such as most moisturizers and adhesive tape removers. 
• If the skin is very oily, use a mild soap and water to remove the excess oil and pat dry. An alcohol wipe may also be used to remove the excess oil, but since it is very drying, it should be used with care 
• To protect at-risk skin, 3M Cavilon No Sting Barrier Film may be used under the tape. 
• If you are using a prep solution, let it dry completely before applying the tape.
Customer Service - 9/6/2017 4:08:26 AM
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