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3M Micropore Surgical Tape With Dispenser

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3M Micropore Surgical Tape With Dispenser gives a dependable choice for gentle taping. It is an economical, general purpose, breathable surgical tape. Micropore tape is excellent for repeated applications on sensitive skin, fragile skin and elderly patients.

Benefits of 3M Micropore Surgical Tape

  • Allows skin to breath and moisture to evaporate
  • Medical tape dispenser for easy tear and ease of use
  • Lightweight and breathable to promote healing
  • Hypoallergenic
  • Latex-free

Features of Micropore Non-Latex Tape

  • Gentle to the skin
  • Maintains skin integrity
  • Holds well on damp skin for secure placement
  • Microporus surgical tape provides gentle adhesion
  • Conformable and reliably secures dressings and devices to skin
  • True breakthrough for patient safety and comfort
  • Adheres well and leaves minimal adhesive residue on removal
  • 3M Micropore tape dispenser is convenient to use
  • White Paper Tape
  • Product Content: Nonwoven rayon and hypoallergenic, pressure-sensitive, acrylate adhesive

When to use 3M Micropore Tape?

  • Securing small to medium dressings especially on damp skin
  • Securing lightweight tubing
  • Securing ostomy appliances
  • Taping fragile, at-risk skin
  • When repeated taping is needed

3M Micropore - Tips For Trouble Free Taping

What to buy with 3M Micropore Paper Tape

How to use 3M Micropore Tape?

General taping:

  1. Apply the Micropore 3M 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. 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

When compression is needed

3M_Micropore_Medical_Tape Place first section of tape without tension onto skin on one side of the dressing, gently pressing downward
3M_Micropore_Medical_Tape With one hand, secure tape on one edge of the dressing while slightly stretching next section of tape over the dressing
3M_Micropore_Medical_Tape Secure tape on opposite edge of the dressing
3M_Micropore_Medical_Tape Press remaining tape onto skin without tension. Compression should come from the multiple layers of dressing material, not from excessive tension in the tape. Skin distention under tape may result in blistering and should be relieved as soon as possible.

3M Micropore Removal:

Micropore Tape Removal Proper tape removal is critical in reducing the skin trauma:
  • Loosen edges of this tape. If necessary, press a small piece of tape onto a corner to start an edge of the tape.
  • Stabilize the skin with one finger
3M Micropore Removal Instructions
  • Remove tape “low and slow” in direction of hair growth, keeping it close to skin surface and pull back over itself
  • Removing tape at an angle will pull the epidermis increasing risk of mechanical trauma. As tape is removed, continue supporting newly exposed skin.

How to Apply Micropore Surgical Tape?

  • Micropore Adhesive Tape should be applied without tension to clean, dry skin
  • To maximize adhesion, gently press or rub from center out to edges of tape
  • To promote skin health, do not stretch or apply with tension over areas where tape will be adhering directly to 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 Micropore Surgical 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 tape arranged over a suitable release surface, e.g. glass, stainless steel, silicone-treated paper
  2. Micropore Medical 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 Micropore Tapes be stored under normal conditions within the temperature range of 59 - 86 degrees F (15 - 30 degrees C)
  • 3M Micropore Tape has a recommended shelf life of five 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

3M Micropore Medical Tape Specifications

Attribute Name




Clinical Area

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


Dressing and Device Securement, I.V. Related


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

CVC Dialysis, CVC Implanted Port, CVC Tunneled, PIV




1.5 Linear Yard, 10 Linear Yard

Length (Metric)

1.37 m, 9.1 m, 9.14 m



Product Type

Medical Tape, Surgical Tape

Units per Pack

12, 24, 6


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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