3M Medical Securement Solutions

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There’s a risk to patient safety, and it’s hidden in plain sight.
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Reduce the risk of cross-contamination with individually packaged single-use length rolls.

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.

  • 100 % of tape rolls are contaminated

    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

  • 52% of tape rolls contained MRSA and VRE

    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

  • The Truth About Medical Tapes: Reduce the Risk of Cross-Contamination (PDF)

    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.

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.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.

  • Non-adhesive Securement
    • Blood draws
    • Dressings
    • Immobilization
    • Securement for difficult to dress areas (head, fingers, toes)
    • Support and mild compression for soft tissue injuries
      (i.e. strains, sprains)***

    ***May use a component in a compression wrap system support only under supervision of a wound care specialist.

  • Multi-purpose Securement
    • Blood draws
    • Light-weight dressings
    • IV lines and tubing
      (secondary securement)
    • Non-critical tubes
  • Flexible Securement
    • Dressings and added pressure
    • IV lines and tubing
      (secondary securement)
    • When swelling or movement is anticipated
    • Central venous catheters
      (secondary securement)
    • Chest tubes
    • Surgical drain tubes
  • High-strength Securement
    • Urinary catheters
    • Nasogastric tubes
    • Orogastric tubes
    • Patient positioning

    • 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
    • Hand tearable—eliminates the need for scissors

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    • 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
    • Removes cleanly with minimal disruption of skin layers or causing patients undue discomfort

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    • Soft cloth material to maintain skin integrity
    • Multi-directional stretch helps minimize the risk for skin injury
    • Flexibility accommodates for swelling, distention, and movement

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    • 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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  • Medical securement feather

    Skin performance: The feather designates products that deliver the securement power you need while minimizing damage to skin.

  • Medical securement single use tape
    • 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.


The impact of not choosing the right securement.

  • 3 in 4 clinicians said medical tape plays a critical role
    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.⁵
  • 1 in 4 MARSI prevalance

    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

  • 125x greater cost

    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

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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Resource Guide

  • 1. Berkowitz DM, Lee WS, Pazin GJ, Yee RB, Ho M. Adhesive tape: potential source for nosocomial bacteria. Appl Microbiol. 1974;28 (4):651-654
    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.