3M Medipore H Soft Cloth Surgical Tape

3M Medipore H Soft Cloth Surgical Tape

Brand/Manufacturer: 3M
  • FSA Approved
  • Latex Free
  • Made in USA

3M Medipore H Soft Cloth Surgical Tape is a hypoallergenic, conformable tape which provides stronger adhesion for challenging applications. The tape is a non-woven polyester and is soft and gentle to skin, reducing the risk of skin irritation. Medipore Tape is particularly useful for securing wound dressings, tubing and catheters.

Why choose 3M Medipore Soft Cloth Tape?

  • Hypoallergenic
  • Highly breathable
  • Easy to handle
  • No curling or self-adhesion
  • Easy to apply and remove
  • Gentle on skin
  • Soft and comfortable
  • Conformable with excellent cross
  • Diagonal stretch

Best Price Guarantee

Item # Desc Pkg Reward Price
2864S 4" X 2yd, Enhance adhesion Each $0.22
2864S 4" X 2yd, Enhance adhesion 24/Pack $5.21
2861 1" x 10yd, Enhance adhesion 2/Pack $0.19
2861 1" x 10yd, Enhance adhesion 12/Pack $1.07
2861 1" x 10yd, Enhance adhesion 2/Pack, 12Pk/Case $2.08
2862S 2" x 2yd, Short Roll, Enhance adhesion Each $0.28
2862S 2" x 2yd, Short Roll, Enhance adhesion 48/Pack $13.00
2862 2" x 10yd, Enhance adhesion Each $0.36
2862 2" x 10yd, Enhance adhesion 12/Pack $3.96
2863 3" x 10yd, Enhance adhesion Each $0.24
2863 3" x 10yd, Enhance adhesion 12/Pack $2.87
2864 4" x 10yd, Enhance adhesion Each $0.67
2866 6" x 10yd, Enhance adhesion Each $1.14
2866 6" x 10yd, Enhance adhesion 12/Pack $13.50
2868 8" x 10yd, Enhance adhesion Each $1.67

Medipore Soft Cloth Surgical Tape Features

  • 3M Medipore H Soft Cloth Surgical Tape is porous and breathable
  • Medipore Tape is easy to handle, with or without gloves, without curling edges, or sticking to itself
  • Easy-tear perforated tape rolls for quick tailoring provides ease of use to caregivers.
  • Excellent cross and diagonal stretch accommodates moderate swelling or movement
  • Water-resistant
  • Latex-free and hypoallergenic for sensitive patients

When to use Medipore H Soft Cloth Medical Tape?

Medipore H Surgical Cloth Tape is used for dressing and device securement and indicated for following condition types:
  • IV Related Condition Type: Arterial Catheter, CVC Implanted Port, CVC Dialysis, CVC Short-Term, CVC PICC, CVC Tunneled, Epidural Catheter, PICC 
  • Skin Care Condition Type: Trauma from dressings and tapes, Peri-Tube Skin Irritation and Trauma at Tracheostomy Site 
  • Wound Care Condition Type: Closed Intact Surgical Wound, Donor Sites, Laceration, Abrasions, Neuropathic Ulcers, Open Surgical Wounds, Skin Tear, Superficial Partial Thickness Burns, Venous Leg Ulcer

What are suggested applications of Medipore H Tape?

  • When repeated taping is required
  • Securing ostomy pouches or dressings to fragile skin
  • Securing over such areas where skin may stretch as in case of hematoma formation or movement, edema and distention
  • Anchoring post-surgical dressings
  • Used as retentive sheeting over gauze

How is Medipore H safe and effective?

Safe as shown by:
  • Human Repeat Insult Patch Testing
  • Human Cumulative Irritation Patch Testing
Effective as shown by:
  • Extensive tests on human volunteers
  • Product evaluations in clinical settings

3M Medipore H - Tips For Trouble Free Taping

What to buy with 3M Medipore Surgical Tape?

How to use 3M Medipore Tape?

  1. Unroll slightly beyond the desired length.
  2. Slightly bend the rolled-out segment of tape to identify the perforation lines which are spaced every 2 inches along the entire roll.
  3. Grasp the top edge of the tape closest to the perforation line, and quickly "tear" the tape apart.

Prior Application Instructions:
  • 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.

How to Apply 3M Medipore H Soft Cloth Surgical Tape?

A. General taping
  1. Apply the Medipore 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. Soft Cloth Surgical 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.
 3M Medipore H Soft Cloth Surgical Tape

B. 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 Medipore surgical tape on opposite edge of the dressing.
  4. Press remaining tape onto 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 tape may result in blistering and should be relieved as soon as possible.

 3M Medipore H Soft Cloth Surgical Tape
 3M Medipore H Soft Cloth Surgical Tape
3M Medipore H Soft Cloth Surgical Tape
 3M Medipore H Soft Cloth Surgical Tape

C. When distention is anticipated:
  1. 3M Medipore H Soft Cloth Surgical Tape has more stretch in the cross-direction and on the bias.
  2. 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. 
  3. 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 Medipore H Tape?

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

What to Consider 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
  • Heavy tubings require higher adhesion.
  • Bulky dressings require high conformability and may require greater adhesion.
  • Individual results may vary.
  • 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)

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 Medipore H Tape Specifications

Attribute Name




Clinical Area

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


Dressing and Device Securement, I.V. Related, Skin Care, Wound Care


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

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




10 Linear Yard, 2 Linear Yard

Length (Metric)

1.8 m, 9.1 m

MaterialSoft Cloth
Product TypeMedical Tape, Surgical Tape
Skin Care Condition TypePeri-Tube Skin Irritation, Tracheostomy Site Trauma, Trauma from Tapes and Dressings
Units per Pack12, 24, 6
Width1 Inch, 2 Inch, 3 Inch, 4 Inch, 6 Inch, 8 Inch
Width (Metric)10 cm, 10.1 cm, 15 cm, 15.2 cm, 2.5 cm, 20 cm, 5 cm, 7.6 cm
Wound Care Condition TypeAbrasions, Closed Intact Surgical Wound, Donor Sites, Laceration, Neuropathic Ulcers, Open Surgical Wounds, Skin Tear, Superficial Partial Thickness Burns, Venous Leg Ulcer


Customer Reviews

Questions & Answers

What if I used a moisturizer (cream) or an adhesive remover and need to tape over the same area?
Sara Lemon - 9/24/2015 3:56:41 AM
Reassess the skin. If you wish to retape over an area where you used adhesive remover or moisturizer, you will either need to remove the moisturizer or adhesive remover or use a moisturizer that allows you to tape over it. Some moisturizers (creams) that allow you to retape may actually increase adhesion of some tapes on some people, so it is important to use good technique for subsequent tape removal. 
Customer Service - 9/18/2018 6:21:40 AM
How can I increase tape adhesion?
Dale - 9/24/2015 3:55:25 AM
To maximize the adhesion of 3M Medipore H Soft Cloth Surgical Tape follow below given steps:
• Start with clean, dry skin 
• Touch the sticky surface of the tape as little as possible 
• Apply sufficient pressure to the tape to get the adhesive into the nooks and crannies of the skin 
• Cover adequate surface area so that the tape can support the tubing or dressing 
• Obtain full contact between the tape and the skin or tubing so that moisture cannot slip between the two and loosen the tape 

Most adhesives stick best to clean, dry surfaces so try to minimize moist conditions as much as possible. 
• Remove substances that contain emollients or oils, such as most moisturizers and adhesive tape removers. 
• If the skin is very oily, use a mild soap and water to remove the excess oil and pat dry. An alcohol wipe may also be used to remove the excess oil, but since it is very drying, it should be used with care 
• To protect at-risk skin, 3M Cavilon No Sting Barrier Film may be used under the tape. 
• If you are using a prep solution, let it dry completely before applying the tape.
Customer Service - 9/6/2017 4:08:26 AM
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