Skin is the body's first line of defense against infection, so protecting and maintaining its integrity is critical to patient care.
The medical securement you choose, as well as how you apply and remove it, can make a difference. Improper use of medical securement 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 choice easier, and give you solutions that meet your needs.
According to the Medical Adhesives and Patient Safety: State of Science consensus statements, the foremost consideration when selecting an adhesive product is intended use or purpose of the product.¹ In most facilities, we find that securement falls into four basic classes (see chart below and click the red dots to learn more). The product core colors and packaging of our securement solutions align with these classes to make it easy for you to find the right solution for your job.
Based on market research, nearly 3 in 4 clinicians say medical tape plays a critical role in providing high-quality care.³
One study showed up to 25% daily prevalence of a Medical Adhesive Related Skin Injury (MARSI) over a 28-day period.⁴
The average tape-induced skin injury costs $88.50 to treat, which is 125x greater than the average cost of one roll of plastic tape.⁵
To combat cross-contamination, CDC guidelines suggest that items such as rolls of adhesive tape not be shared between patients.⁶ Choosing an individually packaged single-patient-use roll can also help reduce the risk of cross-contamination by minimizing exposure to environmental contaminates, hospital surfaces, equipment and healthcare worker hands.
3M medical securement products are intended for use on intact skin.
¹McNichol, L., Lund, C., Rosen, T., & Gray, M. (2013). Medical Adhesives and Patient Safety; State of Science. Journal of Wound Ostomy & Continence, 40(4), 365-380.
²3M data on file. EM-05-014598.
³3M 2018 Medical Tape Market Research. 563 completed clinician interviews. On file at 3M.
⁴Farris, MK, Petty M, Hamilton J, Walters SA, Flynn MA. Medical Adhesive-Related Skin Injury Prevalence Among Adult Acute Care Patients: A Single-Center Observational Study. Journal of Wound Ostomy & Continence Nursing. 2015;42(6): 589-598.
⁵Maene, B. (2013). Hidden costs of medical tape-induced skin injuries. Wounds UK, 9(1), 46-50.
⁶Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Recommendations for Preventing Transmission of Infections Among Chronic Hemodialysis Patients. https://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/rr5005a1.htm. Accessed 12/13/2019.
⁷Berkowitz DM, Lee WS, Pazin GJ, Yee RB, Ho M. Adhesive tape: potential source for nosocomial bacteria. Appl Microbiol. 1974;28 (4):651-654
⁸Harris PN, Ashhurst-Smith C, Berenger SJ, Shoobert A, Ferguson JK. Adhesive tape in the health care setting: another high-risk fomite? Med J Aust. 2012;196(1):34.