Medical essentials: things you should know about medical tape

Medical tape has long been an imperative medical supply. Made for securing wound dressings, medical tape is found in all medical supply kits, GPs and hospitals, ensuring that a wound can be properly dressed without the risk of the dressing becoming detached.

There are three main types of medical tape: cloth, paper and transparent, with 3M medical tape being some of the most reliable across the world.

Let’s look at a bunch of need-to-know facts about medical tape, so that if you ever find yourself in a situation where you need to dress a wound then you can do so with ease.

  • They are used to secure dressings

Naturally, wound dressing isn’t going to hold itself in place. This is why you will never find wound dressing without handy medical tape there to ensure it stays on and stays on properly.

  • Go by the one inch rule

If you are applying wound dressing, be sure to stick the medical tape one inch on either side of the wound. This way there is a far greater chance that the wound dressing will stick properly and won’t peel off.

  • They are also known as surgical tapes

Don’t be confused if you have to dress a wound and find something called “surgical tape” when you think you’re looking for medical tape – they are one in the same!

  • You should evaluate the application site first

You don’t want to apply tape to a part of the skin that also has an abrasion. This can have really unpleasant consequences for the recipient, so be sure that their wound is properly dressed before applying medical tape.

  • Consider excess hair

Many people have excess air especially in places that are susceptible to abrasions like the arms and legs. Be cautious about any excess hair when applying medical or the orher words surgical tape so that you aren’t necessarily putting the recipient in a spot where they are going to be in a lot of pain when they have the tape removed!

  • Different tapes are better for different people

When applying medical tape, it’s important to note that different types are more suitable for different people, with considerations like age, skin quality, sensitivity and oiliness all important factors when applying medical tape.

  • Never place tape over a wound

This is something that could be really unpleasant for the recipient, so be sure never to place adhesive tape directly over a wound!

  • Paper tape is a great option

Paper tape has long been a favourite of the medical industry. Why? Because it is microporous, lightweight and can stay in place even when raining. It is also recommended for elderly or extremely delicate skin – another reason why it is a big winner in the medical industry!

  • Cloth tape is also great!

Cloth tape is highly adhesive and sticks well in most situations. This being said, it doesn’t leave much residue on the skin and can easily be torn off the skin without the need for scissors.

They are all vital to the medical industry!

The medical industry has lots of imperative health products, and efficient wound dressing has to be one of the most common products there is. You never know when someone is going to require top class wound dressing before they can actually make it to the hospital, and high grade medical tape is something that should always be available to apply on top of wound dressing.

It’s great for hospitals and GPs, but it can be just as effective in the home, too!

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