3M Medipore H Soft Cloth Surgical Tape

3M Medipore H Soft Cloth Surgical Tape

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

3M Medipore H 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 H 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

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Item # Desc Pkg Price
2861 1" x 10yd, Enhance adhesion Each
2862S 2" x 2yd, Short Roll, Enhance adhesion Each
2861 1" x 10yd, Enhance adhesion 2/Pack
2861 1" x 10yd, Enhance adhesion 12/Pack
2862S 2" x 2yd, Short Roll, Enhance adhesion 48/Pack
2861 1" x 10yd, Enhance adhesion 2/Pack, 12Pk/Case
2862 2" x 10yd, Enhance adhesion Each
2862 2" x 10yd, Enhance adhesion 12/Pack
2863 3" x 10yd, Enhance adhesion Each
2863 3" x 10yd, Enhance adhesion 12/Pack
2864S 4" x 2yd, Enhance adhesion Each
2864S 4" x 2yd, Enhance adhesion 24/Pack
2864 4" x 10yd, Enhance adhesion Each
2866 6" x 10yd, Enhance adhesion Each
2866 6" x 10yd, Enhance adhesion 12/Pack
2868 8" x 10yd, Enhance adhesion Each

3M Medipore H 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 the suggested applications of Medipore H Tape?

1. Repeated taping needs

  • When you have to use tape many times.

2. Holding ostomy pouches or dressings on delicate skin

  • To keep pouches or bandages in place on sensitive skin.

3. Securing things over areas that can stretch, like in case of swelling or movement

  • To keep things in place in areas that can get bigger, like when there's swelling or movement.

4. Keeping post-surgery dressings in place

  • To make sure bandages stay where they should after surgery.

5. Covering gauze with it to keep it in place

  • Use it as a sheet to hold gauze in position.

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 H 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. The 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 the 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 the first section of tape without tension onto the 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 the next section of tape over the dressing.
  3. Secure Medipore surgical tape on the opposite edge of the dressing.
  4. Press the remaining tape onto the 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 the edges of the 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 the direction of hair growth, keeping it close to the skin surface and pulling it back over itself.
  4. Removing tape at an angle will pull the epidermis, increasing the 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 the 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 Value
Brand Medipore
Clinical Area Cardiovascular, Critical Care, Dialysis Centre, Emergency Medical Services (EMS), Emergency Room, I.V. Therapy, Intensive Care, Radiology, Surgery
Condition Dressing and Device Securement, I.V. Related, Skin Care, Wound Care
Department Cardiovascular, Critical Care, Dialysis Center, Emergency, I.V. Therapy, Intensive Care Unit, Labor and delivery, Medical-Surgical, Oncology, Operating Room-Surgery, Orthopedics, Pediatrics, Radiology, Urgent Care, Wound Care
Hypoallergenic  Yes
IV Related Condition Type Arterial Catheter, CVC Dialysis, CVC Implanted Port, CVC PICC, CVC Short-Term, CVC Tunneled, Epidural Catheter, PICC
Latex No
Length 10 Linear Yard, 2 Linear Yard
Length (Metric) 1.8 m, 9.1 m
Material Soft Cloth
Product Type Medical Tape, Surgical Tape
Skin Care Condition Type Peri-Tube Skin Irritation, Tracheostomy Site Trauma, Trauma from Tapes and Dressings
Units per Pack 12, 24, 6
Width 1 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 Type Abrasions, Closed Intact Surgical Wounds, Donor Sites, Lacerations, Neuropathic Ulcers, Open Surgical Wounds, Skin Tear, Superficial Partial Thickness Burns, Venous Leg Ulcers


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