Every patient deserves a clean roll of tape. 3M’s individually packaged single-use length rolls of medical tape are designed to help reduce the risk of cross-contamination. The protective package helps keep the tape clean by minimizing tape contact with healthcare worker hands* and surfaces. The shorter roll lengths help provide the right amount of tape for use on one patient so that tape does not travel between patient rooms.
*Practice good infection prevention technique per facility protocols and published guidelines, including environmental cleaning and proper hand hygiene before and after opening package.
Contamination was evident on 100% of 24 bedside tape rolls at 1, 5 and 7 days during a sudy conducted in a 16-bed ICU at a 560-bed teaching hospital.¹
In one observation, 11 out of 21 tape samples used for multiple patients contained methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) and/or vancomycin-resistant enterococci (VRE).²
Testing showed 99% protection from pathogens such as MRSA, CRE, VRE and C.difficile when compared to unpackaged rolls of tape.**³
**In vitro testing on contaminated hard dry surfaces.
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.⁴ 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.
***May use a component in a compression wrap system support only under supervision of a wound care specialist.
Skin performance: The feather designates products that deliver the securement power you need while minimizing damage to skin.
Individually packaged single-use length rolls can help protect patients by reducing the risk of cross-contamination.*
* Practice good infection prevention technique per facility protocols and published guidelines, including environmental cleaning and proper hand hygiene before and after opening package.
In one observation, 11 out of 21 tape samples used for multiple patients contained methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) and/or vancomycin-resistant enterococci (VRE).⁶
The average taped-induced skin injury costs $88.50 to treat, which is 125x greater than the average cost of one roll of plastic tape.⁷
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2. Harris 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
3. In vitro testing on contaminated hard dry surfaces. 3M data on file TECH-REPORT-05-742819.
4. McNichol, 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.
5. 3M 2018 Medical Tape Market Research. 563 completed clinician interviews. On file at 3M.
6. Farris, 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.
7. Maene, B. (2013). Hidden costs of medical tape-induced skin injuries. Wounds UK, 9(1), 46-50.