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3M Medical Securement Solutions

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Essential securement for every need.

The right medical securement matters.

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.


You have a job to do. We have the securement solutions to help you do it right.

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.

3M™ Coban™ NL Non-Latex Self-Adherent Wrap
  • Suitable for all patients, including those with fragile and at-risk skin
  • Sticks to itself without the need for adhesive, pins or clips, allowing for fast and easy application
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3M™ Micropore™ S Surgical Tape
  • A gentle tape suitable for use on all patients, including elderly and pediatric patients
  • Reliable adhesion that stays in place for up to 48 hours²
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3M™ Medipore™ H Soft Cloth Surgical Tape
  • Soft cloth material to maintain skin integrity
  • Multi-directional stretch helps minimize the risk for skin injury
  • Flexibility accommodates for swelling, distention, and movement
  • Breathable tape for a broad range of applications
  • Perforated and easy to tear
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3M™ Durapore™ Surgical Tape
  • Silk-like cloth tape that provides secure adhesion
  • Strong material that’s also ideal for immobilization applications
  • Easy, bi-directional tear
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The impact of not choosing the right securement.

  • 3 in 4 clinicians said medical tape plays a critical role

    Based on market research, nearly 3 in 4 clinicians say medical tape plays a critical role in providing high-quality care.³

  • 1 in 4 MARSI prevalance

    One study showed up to 25% daily prevalence of a Medical Adhesive Related Skin Injury (MARSI) over a 28-day period.⁴

  • 125x greater cost

    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

Reduce the risk of cross-contamination with individually packaged single-patient-use rolls.

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.

  • Medical tape 3M Coban NL Non-Latex Self-Adherent Wrap, 3M Micropore S Surgical Tape, 3M Medipore H Soft Cloth Surgical Tape
  • 100% of tape rolls contaminated: Contamination was evident on 100% of 24 bedside tape rolls at 1, 5 and 7 days during a study conducted in a 16-bed ICU at a 560-bed teaching hospital. Citation 7.

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Do you have questions about 3M™ Medical Securement Solutions? Unsure what solution may help address your clinical needs? Ready to purchase? Our team is here to help.

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Learn how to help protect your patients from Medical Adhesive-Related Skin Injury (MARSI).

Skin tears, skin stripping and tension blisters are common 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.

Discover how 3M can help reduce the risk of Medical Adhesive-Related Skin Injuries.
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Resources

  • 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.