Medical Tape

Medical tape is a special kind of adhesive tape used to hold dressings or bandages to a wound. They’re generally made from materials which reduce or minimise the possibility of an allergic response by skin. The adhesive holds the tape firmly to the skin to protect the dressing from coming loose, but is easy to remove without damaging skin. Many types of medical tape are also breathable, allowing air to reach the skin to keep it in good condition.

How to use medical tape

  • Clean and dry the skin where you plan to secure the dressing with tape.
  • Apply the dressing to the wound as necessary to protect it.
  • Secure the dressing with tape without stretching the tape or putting tension on skin.
  • The tape should extend at least 2 to 3 centimetres beyond the edge of the dressing.
  • Try not to touch the adhesive when placing the tape as it will reduce its effectiveness.
  • Avoid gaps or wrinkles so liquid or contaminants don’t get into the dressing.
  • When removing the tape, loosen one edge, then stabilise the skin with your finger so it doesn’t stretch. Wherever possible peel the tape away in the direction of hair growth, not against it.