We often see different kinds of medical tape included in First Aid Kits, but not everyone knows the difference between these tapes and what they are supposed to be used for.
Let’s look at the different types of Medical Tapes available:
Paper Tape is mostly used to secure dressings and bandages. It has a hypoallergenic adhesive which is designed to hold firmly onto skin, dressing materials, and underlying layers of tape, but which removes easily without damaging the skin. This medical tape also has tiny holes or micropores which allows air to circulate, making them breathable. It is usually made from non-stretch paper pulp and adhesive.
Transpore Polyethylene Tape
Transpore tape is a hypo-allergenic, translucent, surgical tape that offers strong adhesion for multiple purposes. Transpore tape is easy to tear into strips and can be used whilst wearing gloves. It is commonly used for securing medical tubing and dressings that need a stronger hold. This medical tape allows moisture to evaporate away from the skin while remaining breathable. It is usually made from non-stretch transparent polyethylene film.
Zinc Oxide Tape
Zinc Oxide is also known as Strapping Tape or Sports Tape because it is widely used to prevent sports injuries and soft tissue damage, protect wounds, and help cuts heal faster. It can also support muscles to stabilise injured ligaments. Zinc Oxide will remain intact when worn for a long period of time, and tolerates moisture, even in humid environments. It is usually made from non-stretch cotton or rayon with a Zinc Oxide adhesive.
Every First Aid Kit should have at least one of each kind of Medical Tape in it. They are extremely useful in many different types of situations and will always come in handy. Make sure that you not only have the right kind of medical tape available, but that you also know how to use it correctly.