3M Microfoam Surgical Tape

Brand/Manufacturer: 3M
Item # Desc Pkg Price
1528-1 3M Microfoam Tape, 1" x 5-1/2yd $0.12
1528-1 3M Microfoam Tape, 1" x 5-1/2yd $1.22
1528-2 3M Microfoam Tape, 2" x 5-1/2yd $0.25
1528-2 3M Microfoam Tape, 2" x 5-1/2yd $7.14
1528-3 3M Microfoam Tape, 3" x 5-1/2yd $0.32
1528-3 3M Microfoam Tape, 3" x 5-1/2yd $1.24
1528-3 3M Microfoam Tape, 3" x 5-1/2yd $7.30
1528-4 3M Microfoam Tape, 4" x 5-1/2yd $0.40

3M Microfoam Surgical Tape is designed to provide secure adhesion to joints or skin folds. It is a closed-cell foam adhesive tape that provides multi-direction stretch and conformable to body contours. 3M Microfoam provides required compression and protects and cushions the surface. This surgical tape is latex-free, hypoallergenic, and  water-resistant medical tape.

3M Microfoam Surgical Tape Features

  • 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
  • Streachy feature 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
  • Non-sterile
  • Product Content: Closed-cell polyvinyl chloride (PVC) foam and hypoallergenic, pressure-sensitive, acrylate adhesive

3M Microfoam Tape uses

  • 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

What to buy with Microfoam Tape 3M

How to use 3M Microfoam Tape?

How to apply 3M Microfoam Surgical Tape?

  • 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
Instructions to use 3M Microfoam

How to remove 3M Microfoam Compression Tape?

  • 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
Removal Instructions for 3M Microfoam

How to strerilize 3M Microfoam Tape?

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 of Microfoam Surgical Tape

  • 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 Medical Foam Tape for Tube or Dressing Secural

  1. 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
  2. Surface characteristics -
    Skin -
    • 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
    Dressing -
    • Material
    • Weight
    • Conformability
    Device -
    • Contour
    • Weight
    • Material: metal, plastic, other 
    Tubing -
    • 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
  1. Activity level of patient - The more active the patient, the higher the adhesion required
  2. 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
  3. Anticipated wear time - Tape adhesion generally builds over time. Breathable tapes are used for longer term wear.
  4. History and current medical conditions - History and current medical conditions should be studied e.g., allergies/ sensitivities to medical adhesives, medications, medical conditions

3M Microfoam Surgical Tape User Manuals

Microfoam Tape Reviews


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Yang     04/04/2017

When would you use Microfoam tape?


Customer Care    09/06/2017

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).



Lexi     04/04/2017

How can I get tape to let go off my gloves?


Customer Care    03/27/2021

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”.



Mini     04/04/2017

How should I apply a compression dressing with Microfoam tape?


Customer Care    09/06/2017

  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.



Tessa     04/04/2017

What happens when a tape gets expired?


Customer Care    04/05/2017

In general, we do not expect changes in performance shortly after the expiration date, but 3M ensures performance within that time frame.


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What is HPFY’s return policy?

Customer satisfaction is our top priority. We stand behind our products. If the merchandise you received is defective or not what you expected it to be, and you wish to return the item, please submit a return request in the My Account section of our website, contact our Customer Service department at (866) 316-0162 / (203) 616-2850 or email us.

  1. Merchandise must be returned within 30 days of the receipt of your order. Returns are not accepted after 30 days.
  2. Items (including parts and accessories) must be returned in new, unused, and resalable condition in its original packaging.
  3. Before returning any product, the buyer must obtain a Return Authorization Number (RA#) from a customer service representative. With your RA# you will receive a prepaid return shipping label.
  4. Orders returned without obtaining an RA# will be entitled to receive only "In-Store Credit" that can be used towards future purchases.
  5. Return orders are subject to a 20% restocking fees.
  6. All custom orders and hygienic items are non-returnable. Refer to the “Non-Returnable Items” section for further details.
  7. Returns will be reviewed and inspected before issuing credit. Please allow 3 to 4 weeks for processing. The credit will be applied to your original method of payment.
  8. If the return is the result of a defective product or shipping error, we will refund the entire purchase amount and return shipping costs.

Which products are Non-Returnable?

Due to the hygienic nature of some items, they are non-returnable. The items listed below are non-returnable:

  1. All hygienic items.
  2. Opened personal care items.
  3. Anything opened, used, or tried on.
  4. All customized items.
  5. Besides these, items that have the “non-returnable” phrase on the website.

We reserve the right to make adjustments due to errors, changing market conditions, product discontinuation or typographical errors in advertisements. Images on the site may not always reflect the actual product. Footrests or leg-rests are not included with wheelchairs unless specified.

How do I receive a return authorization number?

You can submit a return request by logging into your account. You will receive the Return Authorization Number (RA#) details in the email within 2-3 business days.

  • Login to your account
  • Go to “order history”
  • Click on “return order”
  • Fill out the return form and Submit it

If you do not have an email address, we will make other accommodations for RA# Details. Write the RA# on your label affixed to your package prior to shipment.

How long does it take to receive a refund?

Please allow 3 to 4 weeks to process the returns. Once the item is received, and inspected, your refund will be processed and automatically applied to your credit card or original method of payment.

Is there any Restocking Fees?

  1. 20% restocking fees will be applied.
  2. Outbound shipping cost is non-refundable.
  3. For orders that qualified for free shipping, $8.99 will be deducted from the refund if the product is returned.

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