3M Microfoam Surgical Tape
3M Microfoam Surgical Tape

3M Microfoam Surgical Tape

Brand/Manufacturer: 3M

3M Microfoam Surgical Tape provides secure adhesion to joints or skin folds. It is specially designed to stretch and conform to the skin surface. This elastic medical tape is excellent for repeated applications on sensitive, fragile skin and elderly patients.

3M Microfoam Surgical Tape Highlights:

  • Closed-cell foam adhesive tape
  • All-direction stretch
  • Conforms to body contours
  • Provides required compression
  • Protects and cushions the surface
  • Water-resistant
  • Hypoallergenic
  • Latex-free

Item #DescPkgRewardPrice 
1528-1 3M Microfoam Tape, 1" x 5-1/2yd Each $0.13
1528-1 3M Microfoam Tape, 1" x 5-1/2yd 12/Pack $1.22
1528-1 3M Microfoam Tape, 1" x 5-1/2yd 72/Pack $7.15
1528-2 3M Microfoam Tape, 2" x 5-1/2yd Each $0.25
1528-2 3M Microfoam Tape, 2" x 5-1/2yd 36/Pack $7.14
1528-3 3M Microfoam Tape, 3" x 5-1/2yd Each $0.33
1528-3 3M Microfoam Tape, 3" x 5-1/2yd 4/Pack $1.22
1528-3 3M Microfoam Tape, 3" x 5-1/2yd 24/Pack $7.22
1528-4 3M Microfoam Tape, 4" x 5-1/2yd Each $0.40
1528-4 3M Microfoam Tape, 4" x 5-1/2yd 18/Pack $7.15

3M Microfoam Surgical Tape Features

Important Details:

  • Multi-direction stretch accommodates swelling and promotes comfort
  • Provides compression where required to decrease bleeding and accommodate oedema
  • Provides gentle, secure adhesion to irregularly contoured sites
  • Highly conformable elastic medical tape has all-direction stretch
  • All-direction stretch makes it ideal for compression applications and dressing challenging areas
  • Comformable to bandaged areas
  • Helps prevent trauma to the body
  • Features a hygienic wipe-clean surface
  • 3M Microfoam Surgical Tape is valuable for cushioning and protecting 
  • Acts as a barrier to water and contamination
  • Foam medical tape prevents mechanical injury to skin
  • Comfortable choice for patients
  • Does not contain either rubber latex or dry natural rubber
  • Hypoallergenic tape
  • Non-sterile
  • Product Content: Closed-cell polyvinyl chloride (PVC) foam and hypoallergenic, pressure-sensitive, acrylate adhesive

3M Microfoam Applications:

  • Securing dressings on sites where movement is likely such as over joints and other challenging areas
  • Securing compression dressings to assist in hemostasis or control edema
  • Cardiovascular/angio sites, breast biopsies and surgical sites
  • Orthopedic, thoracic and abdominal surgical dressings
  • Support strapping
  • Post-operative compression and pressure dressings
  • 3M Tape can be used to secure bulky dressings
  • Covering sharp edges of casts
  • Minimizing pressure points

3M Microfoam - Tips For Trouble Free Taping

How To Use 3M Microfoam Tape?

Application Instructions:

  • Apply 3M Microfoam Surgical Tape evenly to clean, dry surface.
  • Apply the tape evenly by positioning and pressing down from the center towards the edges.
  • Optimize adhesion by firmly rubbing or pressing the tape backing. This will ensure the tape stays in place.
  • Never apply Microfoam tape under tension. This may induce skin trauma in the form of blistering or skin tearing.

  • 3M Microfoam Application Instructions  3M Microfoam Application Instructions

Removal Instructions:

  • Loosen 3M Microfoam Surgical Tape ends.
  • Remove tape in direction of hair growth. Keep tape close to skin surface and slowly pull tape back.
  • Support skin throughout removal.

  • 3M Microfoam Removal Instructions  3M Microfoam Removal Instructions

How To Sterilize 3M Microfoam?

The following method was tested and proven reliable for sterilization and stable adhesion performance, with ethylene oxide residuals well within U.S. FDA guidelines:
  1. Strips of medical foam tape arranged over a suitable release surface, e.g. glass, stainless steel, silicone-treated paper.
  2. Tape sealed in appropriate sterilization pouch or wrapper.
  3. EtO sterilized warm cycle 55 degrees C (130-145 degrees F), minimum 1 hour exposure time (50% RH - 600 mg/liter, or equivalent).
  4. Warm cycle aeration (temperature not to exceed 55 degrees C) for a minimum 20 hour cycle before use.

Storage And Shelf Life:

  • It is recommended that 3M surgical tapes be stored under normal conditions within the temperature range of 59 – 86 degrees F (15 – 30 degrees C)
  • 3M Microfoam tape has a recommended shelf life of three years under these conditions

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

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When would you use Microfoam tape?
Yang - 4/4/2017 3:09:45 AM
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Most common 3M Microfoam Surgical Tape applications are for compression dressings (post hip surgery, after femoral sheath removal), dressings over joints (shoulders, knees), occlusive dressings (around chest tubes or to secure dressing after chest tube removal).
Customer Care - 9/6/2017 2:06:29 PM
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How can I get tape to let go off my gloves?
Lexi - 4/4/2017 3:09:00 AM
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We tend to hold the 3M Microfoam Surgical Tape 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 - 7/30/2018 2:45:32 AM
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How should I apply a compression dressing with Microfoam tape?
Mini - 4/4/2017 3:08:19 AM
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  1. Place the first section of 3M Microfoam Surgical Tape without tension onto the skin on one side of the dressing, gently pressing downward.
  2. With one hand, secure the tape on one edge of the dressing while slightly stretching the next section of the tape over the dressing.
  3. Secure the tape on the opposite side of the dressing.
  4. Press the remaining tape onto the 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 the tape may result in blistering and should be relieved as soon as possible.
Customer Care - 9/6/2017 2:07:15 PM
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What happens when a tape gets expired?
Tessa - 4/4/2017 3:07:49 AM
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In general, we do not expect changes in performance shortly after the expiration date, but 3M ensures performance within that time frame.
Customer Care - 4/5/2017 1:18:40 AM
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