Skin is the body’s first line of defense against infection. Which means protecting and maintaining the integrity of the skin is critically important.
The medical tapes you choose, as well as how you apply and remove them, make a difference. Improper use of medical tapes is more common than you might think, and may seriously impact clinical outcomes, cost targets and patient care. As medical adhesive experts, we’re here to help make your tape choice simple and offer you the right medical tapes for your clinical needs.
According to the Medical Adhesives and Patient Safety: State of the Science consensus statements, the foremost consideration when selecting an adhesive product is intended use or purpose of the product.¹
Generally speaking, most facilities have three types of securement needs: general securement, flexible securemnt and critical device/tube securement (see chart below for examples and click red dots to learn more).
At 3M, we’ve made it easy to meet nearly all your securement needs while choosing the right tape for the right patient and application.
Choosing a tape with too much adhesion may result in Medical Adhesive-Related Skin Injury, or MARSI. While choosing a tape with too little adhesion can result in unplanned device or tube dislodgement.
Complications like MARSI, unplanned extubations and infections due to tape cross-contamination – which may result from improper medical tape use – may dramatically increase length-of-stay and facility costs.
Unplanned extubations and infections can lead to longer hospital stays, while MARSI can cause pain, increase the risk of infection and delay healing – all of which may take a toll on patient quality of life.
To combat cross-contamination, Federal and CDC guidelines suggest that items such as rolls of adhesive tape not be shared between patients.⁵ Facilities that follow this recommendation often dedicate one roll of tape to each patient. With traditional rolls of tape, however, up to 85% of that tape roll can end up being discarded.⁶ To support good infection prevention practices and waste reduction at the same time, consider using single-patient-use rolls.
Skin tears, skin stripping and tension blisters are commmon but avoidable examples of MARSI. MARSI is damage to the skin that may occur when medical adhesives are not selected, applied and/or removed properly.
The right mix of securement solutions, plus proper application and removal, can have a real impact on clinical outcomes, costs and patient satisfaction. Our team of experts will, at no cost, conduct an audit, analyze the data, and recommend the right securement solutions for your patient care and cost management goals.
¹McNichol, L., Lund, C., Rosen, T., & Gray, M. (2013). Medical Adhesives and Patient Safety: State of the Science. Journal of Wound Ostomy & Continence,40(4), 365-380.
²3M data on file. EM-05-014441.
³Maene, B. (2013). Hidden costs of medical tape-induced skin injuries. Wounds UK, 9(1), 46-50.
⁴Roddy, D. J., MD, Spader, M. C., MD, MS, Pastor, W., MA, MPH, Stockwell, D. C., MD, MBA, & Klugman, D., MD, MMS. (2015, July). Unplanned Extubations in Children: Impact on Hospital Cost and Length of Stay. Pediatric Critical Care Medicine, 16(6), 572-575.
⁵Federal Register Vol 72, No. 73 Rules and regulations (73 FR 20373 4/15/2008).
⁶3M Market Research Data on File (2010/2011).
⁷Lavelle BE. Reducing the risk of skin trauma related to medical adhesives, Managing Infection Control, June 2004.