Medical tape types and uses
There are several different types of medical tapes available and each has a different purpose or application.
A variety of materials can be used to make medical adhesive tape, including various plastics, silk, cloth, nylon, paper and foam. Some individuals can be allergic to certain types of tape; therefore it is good to have several types available. The classic use of medical tape is in attaching bandages and it can be customised to deal with wounds of a wide variety of sizes. Medical professionals can also use surgical tape to hold a gaping wound closed; in some cases while it waits to be stitched shut.
Micropore Paper Tape
Paper Tape is mostly used to secure dressings and bandages. It has a hypoallergenic adhesive which is designed to hold firmly onto skin, dressing materials, and underlying layers of tape, but which removes easily without damaging the skin. This medical tape also has tiny holes or micropores which allows air to circulate, making them breathable. It is usually made from non-stretch paper pulp and adhesive.
Transpore Polyethylene Tape
Transpore tape is a hypo-allergenic, translucent, surgical tape that offers strong adhesion for multiple purposes. Transpore tape is easy to tear into strips and can be used whilst wearing gloves. It is commonly used for securing medical tubing and dressings that need a stronger hold. This medical tape allows moisture to evaporate away from the skin while remaining breathable. It is usually made from non-stretch transparent polyethylene
Zinc Oxide Tape
Zinc Oxide is also known as Strapping Tape or Sports Tape because it is widely used to prevent sports injuries and soft tissue damage, protect wounds, and help cuts heal faster. It can also support muscles to stabilise injured ligaments. Zinc Oxide will remain intact when worn for a long period of time, and tolerates moisture, even in humid environments. It is usually made from non-stretch cotton or rayon with a Zinc Oxide adhesive.