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Below you will find information and instructions for how to properly use PRIMED Adhesive Medical Tape.

General Uses

  • PRIMED's Medical Tapes are commonly used for securing dressings and tubing but can be used in other applications.
  • It is strongly recommended that users consult their facility’s policies regarding clinical protocols around the use of medical tapes prior to use.

Best Practices

  • During application, the end of the tape can be folded over itself to form a tab that can help during the removal process.
  • If an edge of tape is difficult to grasp during removal, peel one corner slightly and apply another piece of tape to the corner. This will form a tab that can make handling the tape easier.
  • Patient suitable skin lotions can also aid in removal. Peel back the tape and use one or two fingers to apply the lotion to the adhesive where it meets the skin. The lotion will help disrupt the adhesion of the tape and your fingers will directly support the skin. Reapply lotion to the fingers as required for this process.
  • It is more comfortable to remove tape by peeling in the direction of hair growth rather than against it.

Application Instructions

  1. Clean and dry the skin over intended application area.
  2. Unwind the desired length of medical tape to maintain adhesion, avoid touching the adhesive area of the tape as much as possible.
  3. In the event that scissors are unavailable, tear the medical tape by placing the thumb and index finger of each hand on both sides of the tape near an edge. While grasping the tape, move your hands in opposing directions, towards and away from you, to create a tear. Continue the tear down the width of the tape until tape is removed from the roll. If tape has perforations, tear in a similar manner along perforations.
  4. Customize the tape size and shape as required for your application.
  5. Start by applying one side of the tape to the patient’s skin. Without stretching or pulling, smooth down the remaining segment of tape and ensure it has adequately adhered with no wrinkles or gaps in adhesion.

Removal Instructions

  1. Grasp a corner of the medical tape and gently loosen it from the skin.
  2. Stabilize and support the skin with one or more fingers and pull the medical tape back over itself slowly and parallel to the skin until it is removed. Pulling in other directions or angles may be more likely to pull or tear fragile skin.


Do you have questions about medical tape standards and PRIMED Adhesive Medical Tape?

Below you will find the answers you need to the frequently asked questions we receive.

What differentiates the variations of medical tape?

Generally, there are two components to medical adhesive tapes: the adhesive and the backing (tape material). Each medical tape is comprised of a specific combination of material and adhesive. The material determines various tape features such as strength or tearability in a specific direction, while the adhesive is characterized by a specific performance profile.

When should I replace or dispose of a medical tape?

This is highly dependent on the type of application and the patient’s skin. Monitor medical tape on an ongoing basis to ensure sufficient adhesion. To reduce waste, many tapes are also available in a short/designated patient rolls, which are designed for one time uses.

Why is it important to use the correct medical tape?

Every type of medical tape has unique material and adhesive characteristics; therefore, it is important to evaluate both properties against your requirements. If the tape has the appropriate adhesive characteristics but the material is not strong enough, the tape will not function correctly for the intended use.

Is the medical tape I applied to my patient secure?

Without stretching or pulling, smooth down the tape and ensure it is adequately adhered with no wrinkles or gaps in adhesion. Review our "Medical Tape Information for Use" section below to learn more about tape application best practice.

How does PRIMED ensure the quality of its tapes?

PRIMED’s medical tapes are tested to various pressure sensitive adhesive standards such as:


Standards Title
ASTM D3330

Standard Test Method for Peel Adhesion of Pressure Sensitive Tape

ASTM D3654

Standard Test Methods for Shear Adhesion of Pressure-Sensitive Tapes.


Tack Rolling Ball

PSTC 131

Breaking Strength and Elongation of Pressure Sensitive Tapes

What if the medical tape becomes contaminated?

Immediately discard of medical tape once it has been contaminated according to your facilities procedures. To reduce waste, many tapes are also available in a short roll, which is designed for one time uses.

Is it possible to prevent tape loosening from the skin when a patient sweats?

Apply medical tape to clean dry skin when possible. More breathable tapes are preferred for diaphoretic patients to help with moisture evaporation. PRIMED recommends using more breathable tapes such as primasure™ Secure.

Learn more about PRIMED’s Adhesive Medical Tapes on the product information page.



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