3M Microfoam Surgical Tape

3M Microfoam Surgical Tape

Brand/Manufacturer: 3M
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  • FSA Approved
  • Latex Free

3M Microfoam Surgical Tape is designed to stretch and conform while providing secure adhesion to joints or skin folds. Excellent for repeated applications on sensitive, fragile skin and elderly patients. This tape does not contain either rubber latex or dry natural rubber. It provides secure adhesion to joints or skin folds.

Reasons to buy 3M Microfoam Medical Tape

  • Provides required compression 
  • Conforms to body contours 
  • Protects and cushions the surface 
  • Closed-cell foam adhesive tape 
  • All-direction stretch 
  • Hypoallergenic 
  • Water-resistant 
  • Latex-free

Item # Desc Pkg Price
1528-1 3M Microfoam Tape, 1" x 5-1/2yd Each
1528-1 3M Microfoam Tape, 1" x 5-1/2yd 12/Pack
1528-1 3M Microfoam Tape, 1" x 5-1/2yd 72/Pack
1528-2 3M Microfoam Tape, 2" x 5-1/2yd Each
1528-2 3M Microfoam Tape, 2" x 5-1/2yd 36/Pack
1528-3 3M Microfoam Tape, 3" x 5-1/2yd Each
1528-3 3M Microfoam Tape, 3" x 5-1/2yd 4/Pack
1528-3 3M Microfoam Tape, 3" x 5-1/2yd 24/Pack
1528-4 3M Microfoam Tape, 4" x 5-1/2yd Each
1528-4 3M Microfoam Tape, 4" x 5-1/2yd 18/Pack

3M Microfoam Surgical Tape Features

  • Multi-direction stretch accommodates swelling and promotes comfort
  • Provides gentle, secure adhesion to irregularly contoured sites
  • Provides compression where required to decrease bleeding and accommodate oedema
  • All-direction stretch makes it ideal for compression applications and dressing challenging areas
  • Features a hygienic wipe-clean surface
  • Comformable to bandaged areas
  • Highly conformable elastic medical tape has all-direction stretch
  • Helps prevent trauma to the body
  • 3M Microfoam Surgical Tape is valuable for cushioning and protecting 
  • Acts as a barrier to water and contamination
  • Comfortable choice for patients
  • Foam medical tape prevents mechanical injury to skin
  • Does not contain either rubber latex or dry natural rubber
  • Hypoallergenic tape
  • Non-sterile
  • Product Content: Closed-cell polyvinyl chloride (PVC) foam and hypoallergenic, pressure-sensitive, acrylate adhesive

When to use 3M Tape?

  • Securing compression dressings to assist in hemostasis or control edema
  • Orthopedic, thoracic and abdominal surgical dressings
  • Securing dressings on sites where movement is likely such as over joints and other challenging areas
  • Support strapping
  • Cardiovascular/angio sites, breast biopsies and surgical sites
  • Post-operative compression and pressure dressings
  • Covering sharp edges of casts
  • 3M Tape can be used to secure bulky dressings
  • Minimizing pressure points

3M Microfoam - Tips For Trouble Free Taping

3M Microfoam Tape - Solutions For Dressing And Device Securement

What to buy with 3M Microfoam Tape?

How To Use 3M Surgical Tape?

3M Application Instructions:

  • Apply 3M Microfoam Surgical Tape evenly to clean, dry surface.
  • Apply the tape evenly by positioning and pressing down from the center towards the edges.
  • Optimize adhesion by firmly rubbing or pressing the tape backing. This will ensure the tape stays in place.
  • Never apply Microfoam tape under tension. This may induce skin trauma in the form of blistering or skin tearing.

  • 3M Microfoam Application Instructions  3M Microfoam Application Instructions

3M Removal Instructions:

  • Loosen 3M Microfoam Surgical Tape ends.
  • Remove tape in direction of hair growth. Keep tape close to skin surface and slowly pull tape back.
  • Support skin throughout removal.

  • 3M Microfoam Removal Instructions  3M Microfoam Removal Instructions

How To Sterilize 3M Microfoam?

The following method was tested and proven reliable for sterilization and stable adhesion performance, with ethylene oxide residuals well within U.S. FDA guidelines:
  1. Strips of medical foam tape arranged over a suitable release surface, e.g. glass, stainless steel, silicone-treated paper.
  2. Tape sealed in appropriate sterilization pouch or wrapper.
  3. EtO sterilized warm cycle 55 degrees C (130-145 degrees F), minimum 1 hour exposure time (50% RH - 600 mg/liter, or equivalent).
  4. Warm cycle aeration (temperature not to exceed 55 degrees C) for a minimum 20 hour cycle before use.

Storage And Shelf Life:

  • It is recommended that 3M surgical tapes be stored under normal conditions within the temperature range of 59 – 86 degrees F (15 – 30 degrees C)
  • 3M Microfoam tape has a recommended shelf life of three years under these conditions

Considerations 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
  • 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)

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

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

Have some questions?

Please take a look at 3M Microfoam Surgical Tape - FAQ

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