3M Transpore Surgical Tape

3M Transpore Surgical Tape

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

3M Transpore Clear Porous Plastic Tape is a transparent and perforated plastic medical tape that is water resistant and has an easy bi-directional tear, which makes it easy to handle even with surgical gloves. It has a latex-free and hypoallergenic adhesive that provides reliable adhesion, suitable for securing tubings, devices and bulky dressings.

Benefits of 3M Transpore Surgical Tape

  • Good adhesion to skin and tubing
  • Easy to handle with gloves
  • Hypoallergenic and latex-free
  • Transparent, porous
  • Water-resistant

Item # Desc Pkg Reward Price
1527-0 1/2" (1.25cm) x 10yd (9.14m), Standard Roll Each $0.06
1527-0 1/2" (1.25cm) x 10yd (9.14m), Standard Roll 3/Pack $0.13
1527-0 1/2" (1.25cm) x 10yd (9.14m), Standard Roll 24/Pack $0.70
1527-0 1/2" (1.25cm) x 10yd (9.14m), Standard Roll 240/Case $6.80
1527S-1 1" (2.5 cm) x 1-1/2 yd (1.37 m), Single Use Roll Each $0.03
1527S-1 1" (2.5 cm) x 1-1/2 yd (1.37 m), Single Use Roll 100/Pack $1.63
1527S-1 1" (2.5 cm) x 1-1/2 yd (1.37 m), Single Use Roll 500/Case $7.97
1527-1 1" (2.5cm) x 10yd (9.14m), Standard Roll Each $0.08
1527-1 1" (2.5cm) x 10yd (9.14m), Standard Roll 12/Pack $0.76
1527-1 1" (2.5cm) x 10yd (9.14m), Standard Roll 120/Case $6.58
1527-2 2" (5cm) x 10yd (9.14m), Standard Roll Each $0.14
1527-2 2" (5cm) x 10yd (9.14m), Standard Roll 6/Pack $0.71
1527-2 2" (5cm) x 10yd (9.14m), Standard Roll 60/Case $6.78
1527-3 3" (7.5cm) x 10yd (9.14m), Standard Roll Each $0.28
1527-3 3" (7.5cm) x 10yd (9.14m), Standard Roll 4/Pack $1.08
1527-3 3" (7.5cm) x 10yd (9.14m), Standard Roll 40/Case $10.79

3M Transpore Clear Porous Tape Features

  • 3M Tanspore Clear Porous Plastic Tape is water-resistant
  • Easy, straight, bi-directional tear allows clinician to tailor the tape
  • Porous for breathability
  • Good adhesive to skin and tubing for secure placement
  • Transparent for easy monitoring
  • Latex-free and hypoallergenic for sensitive patients
  • Easy to handle with gloves
3M Transpore Plastic User Manual

When to use 3M Transpore Tape?

  • Securing tubing and devices (e.g., catheters, I.V. tubing)
  • Anchoring bulky dressings
  • When tape width must be customized

What to buy with 3m Transpore Porous Tape?

Transpore Clear Tape 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.

General Taping

Apply the tape without tension, gently but firmly stroking the surface to maximize adhesion. Tape should extend at least one-half inch beyond the dressing. Tape should not be pulled or stretched when applied. If swelling does occur, loosen and re-fasten or replace tape to relieve the tension.

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 tape on opposite edge of the dressing.
  4. Press remaining tape onto skin without tension. Compression should come from the multiple layers of dressing material, not from excessive tension in the tape. Skin distention under tape may result in blistering and should be relieved as soon as possible.

When distention is anticipated

Foam tapes generally stretch in all directions; however, non-woven soft cloth tapes, such as 3M™ Medipore™ Soft Cloth Tape, and 3M™ Medipore™ H Soft Cloth Tape have more stretch in the cross-direction and on the bias. 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. Anecdotally, applying soft cloth tape parallel to the incision appears to be associated with fewer skin tension injuries than taping perpendicular to the incision.

3M Transpore Porous Tape Removal

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

3M Transpore Clear Tape - FAQ

Transpore Clear Porous Plastic Tape Specifications



Approved Environmental Marketing Claim (EMC)

We offer tapes with solvent-free adhesives: 3M™ Kind Removal Silicone Tape, Transpore™, Transpore™ White and Micropore™., We’re proud to offer tapes with solvent-free adhesives: 3M™ Kind Removal Silicone Tape, Transpore™, Transpore™ White and Micropore™.

Clinical Area

I.V. Therapy, Intensive Care




Dressing and Device Securement, I.V. Related


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

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IV Related Condition Type

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



Length1.5 Linear Yard, 10 Linear Yard
Length (Metric)1.37 m, 9.1 m
Product TypeMedical Tape, Surgical Tape
Width0.5 Inch, 1 Inch, 2 Inch, 3 Inch
Width (Metric)1.25 cm, 2.5 cm, 5 cm, 7.6 cm

Customer Reviews

Questions & Answers

Why do we have an expiration date for tapes? What happens when a tape “expires”?
Leigh - 9/26/2015 4:06:54 AM
Although an expiration date is not required for surgical tapes in the U.S., an expiration date is required by a number of other countries. You might think of it as a “best quality if used by….”. In general, we do not expect changes in performance shortly after the expiration date, but 3M ensures performance within that time frame. 

The recommended shelf life for Transpore tape is 3 years under normal storage conditions.
Customer Service - 9/26/2015 4:08:17 AM
Is Transpore tape sterile? Can it be sterilized? 
Kathy - 9/26/2015 4:04:49 AM
3M Surgical tapes are sold clean but not sterile. Transpore tape may be sterilized by ethylene oxide but NOT by steam (autoclave). Although 3M provides these guidelines, it is up to the facility to ensure sterility. At this time, Sterrad™ processing with hydrogen peroxide is not recommended for Transpore tape. Hope that helps.
Customer Service - 12/13/2018 4:30:25 AM
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