3M shares in your passion and dedication to provide the best health care for your patients. For over 50 years, we have partnered with health care professionals to provide innovative, high-quality skin and wound care products and a full range of educational tools to support you in their use. Education tools available on our website include: the Tape with Care Continuing Education program, Choosing the Right Tape for the Right Application product selection guide, product training, and other clinical resources. To learn more, visit www.3M.com/medicaltapes and click on the Continuing Education link.
• Tape should be applied without tension to clean, dry skin.
A. 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.
B. When compression is needed
1. Place first section of tape without tension onto skin on one side of the dressing, gently pressing downward.
C. 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.
Please note: You should always consult a primary care physician/health practitioner of choice when considering the use of any products for health purposes, especially when undergoing treatment for an existing condition.
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