3M Transpore Surgical Tape

Brand/Manufacturer: 3M
Item # Desc Pkg Price
1527-0 1/2" (1.25cm) x 10yd (9.14m), Standard Roll $0.06
1527-0 1/2" (1.25cm) x 10yd (9.14m), Standard Roll $0.13
1527-0 1/2" (1.25cm) x 10yd (9.14m), Standard Roll $0.70
1527-0 1/2" (1.25cm) x 10yd (9.14m), Standard Roll $6.80
1527S-1 1" (2.5 cm) x 1-1/2 yd (1.37 m), Single Use Roll $0.03
1527S-1 1" (2.5 cm) x 1-1/2 yd (1.37 m), Single Use Roll $1.63
1527S-1 1" (2.5 cm) x 1-1/2 yd (1.37 m), Single Use Roll $7.97
1527-1 1" (2.5cm) x 10yd (9.14m), Standard Roll $0.08
1527-1 1" (2.5cm) x 10yd (9.14m), Standard Roll $0.76
1527-1 1" (2.5cm) x 10yd (9.14m), Standard Roll $6.58
1527-2 2" (5cm) x 10yd (9.14m), Standard Roll $0.14
1527-2 2" (5cm) x 10yd (9.14m), Standard Roll $0.71
1527-2 2" (5cm) x 10yd (9.14m), Standard Roll $6.78
1527-3 3" (7.5cm) x 10yd (9.14m), Standard Roll $0.28
1527-3 3" (7.5cm) x 10yd (9.14m), Standard Roll $1.08
1527-3 3" (7.5cm) x 10yd (9.14m), Standard Roll $10.79

3M Transpore Surgical Tape is a transparent and perforated plastic medical tape that is water-resistant and has an easy bi-directional tear, which makes it easy to handle even with surgical gloves. This surgical tape is ideal to use for individuals with latex sensitivity. It comes with a hypoallergenic adhesive that provides reliable adhesion, breathability, suitable for securing tubings, devices, and bulky dressings. This tape is made with plastic material.

3M Transpore Plastic Surgical Tape Features

  • Clear, porous, plastic Tape
  • Easy, straight, two-directional tear allows clinician to tailor the tape
  • Good adhesive to skin and tubing for secure placement
  • Non-latex and hypoallergenic for sensitive patients
  • Easy to use with gloves
  • Economical single use rolls

3M Transpore Tape User Manual

Indications for using 3M Transpore Clear Medical Tape

  • Securing tubing and devices (e.g., catheters, I.V. tubing)
  • When tape width must be customized
  • Anchoring bulky dressings

What to buy with 3M Transpore Surgical Tape

How to apply 3M Transpore Tape?

  • 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
  • General Taping:
    • Apply the tape without tension, gently but firmly stroking the surface to maximize adhesion
    • Tape should extend at least one-half inch beyond the dressing
    • Tape should not be pulled or stretched when applied
    • If swelling does occur, loosen and re-fasten or replace tape to relieve the tension
  • 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. 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.

  • When distention is anticipated:
    • Foam tapes generally stretch in all directions; however, non-woven soft cloth tapes, such as 3M Medipore Soft Cloth Tape, and 3M Medipore H Soft Cloth Tape have more stretch in the cross-direction and on the bias.
    • 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.
    • Anecdotally, applying soft cloth tape parallel to the incision appears to be associated with fewer skin tension injuries than taping perpendicular to the incision.

How to remove 3M Platic Tape?

Proper tape removal is critical in reducing the occurrence of 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. Remove tape “low and slow” in direction of hair growth, keeping it close to skin surface and pulled back over itself. Removing tape at an angle will pull at the epidermis increasing risk of mechanical trauma.
  3. As tape is removed, continue supporting newly exposed skin

3M Clear Porous Tape - FAQ

Transpore Clear Porous Plastic Tape Specifications



Approved Environmental Marketing Claim (EMC)

We offer tapes with solvent-free adhesives: 3M Kind Removal Silicone Tape, Transpore, Transpore White and Micropore, We’re proud to offer tapes with solvent-free adhesives: 3M Kind Removal Silicone Tape, Transpore, Transpore White and Micropore.

Clinical Area

I.V. Therapy, Intensive Care




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

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IV Related Condition Type

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



Length1.5 Linear Yard, 10 Linear Yard
Length (Metric)1.37 m, 9.1 m
Product TypeMedical Tape, Surgical Tape
Width0.5 Inch, 1 Inch, 2 Inch, 3 Inch
Width (Metric)1.25 cm, 2.5 cm, 5 cm, 7.6 cm

3M Plastic Tape Reviews


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Leigh     09/26/2015

Why do we have an expiration date for tapes? What happens when a tape “expires”?


Customer Service    09/26/2015

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 Transpore tape is 3 years under normal storage conditions.



Kathy     09/26/2015

Is Transpore tape sterile? Can it be sterilized? 


Customer Service    12/13/2018

3M Surgical tapes are sold clean but not sterile. Transpore tape may be sterilized by ethylene oxide but NOT by steam (autoclave). Although 3M provides these guidelines, it is up to the facility to ensure sterility. At this time, Sterrad™ processing with hydrogen peroxide is not recommended for Transpore tape. Hope that helps.


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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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