- Medical cloth tape is portable and convenient for use when travelling, and can easily be stored in a first aid kit;
- Tape is easy to use and need little instruction;
- Numerous sizes of cloth adhesive tapes to choose from. Some wounds are large and require more dressing than a minor wound, and hence would require wider, longer tape to secure it. The AdvaCare range of medical cloth adhesive tape accommodates every wound, no matter the size;
- Cloth adhesive tape secures dressings and tubing/devices to a wound, assisting the healing process;
- Different series of medical tape available depending on the wearers preference and the requirements of the wound that the tape is strapped around. If the wearer desires more breathability, the microporous XtraGuard model can be selected;
- Medical cloth tape is extremely affordable, making it accessible to a wide range of people.
Medical tapes are ideal for holding a dressing in place over a wound, cut, abrasion, blister, or other injury that is relatively minor. It is adhesive, and should not be placed directly on the wound, but to secure the dressing which does make direct contact. The tape is breathable, in particular the microporous variant, which allows the wound to be exposed to the air which can accelerate the rate of healing.
To apply the tape, ensure the wound is cleaned thoroughly to remove any debris or foreign bodies, and a dressing is positioned correctly over the wound. The size of the dressing, and hence the tape that is securing it, should be considered in relation to the size of the wound. If a wound is large, a large sized dressing and hence a larger tape must be used to cater for the wounds size. The tape is wrapped around the dressing, taking care not to move the dressing out of position and off the wound. Multiple layers of tape may be required to properly fix the dressing in place. If tubing or a device is being secured to the skin, the same precautions must be taken.
Take care not to touch the wound, as this may aggravate it. Changing the dressing and the tape on a frequent basis is recommended. If the tape gets wet or soiled, it should be replaced with a fresh wrapping of tape.
It is imperative that medical tape is not used if the packaging or seal is compromised. Evidence of this may suggest tampering or loss of sterility. If one should come across tape inside comprised packaging, the correct course of action is to dispose of it quickly and safely.
- It is important that cloth adhesive tape is not reused. Once used, the device is not fit to be salvaged for further used, as sterilization cannot be retained. Re-using tape can result in infections being transmitted, or loss of stickiness and hence inability to properly secure the dressing;
- Must prepare the tape for use in a clean, sterile environment, absent of bodily fluids or other sources of contamination;
- Medical cloth tape should be stored in a cool, dry location away from direct sunlight. Failure to do so may reduce the tapes stickiness, decreasing its ability to secure dressings and tubing/devices in place;
- Promptly and safely dispose of any tape that has touched a potentially contaminated surface;
- If cloth adhesive tape has blood or any other bodily substance on it, it must be handled as biohazard waste.
The ranges of medical cloth tape offered by AdvaCare are composed of non-woven fabric, with a hypoallergenic adhesive. The XtraGuard series are equipped with added micropores, to enhance breathability to assist the wounds healing process.