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Category: Medical Tape

Importance of Choosing the Right Medical Tape for Any Situation

A variety of factors are needed to be considered when choosing the right medical tape for a particular situation, fortunately, there are now various types of tapes available. Though there are situations where a tape is needed, this may not be suitable for all people. Factors such as skin’s sensitivity to adhesives, tape allergies, integrity and age of the skin need to be considered in choosing the quality of tape that will be used. It is also essential for those who will administer the wound dressings to determine the location of where the tape will be applied or placed. 

Some of the most typical types of medical tape include cloth, paper, silicone tape, vinyl, clear plastic, silk, Kinesiology tape, Nonwoven soft cloth, Paper/plastic hybrid, and Foam.

The reason why most people use waterproof tape is to keep moisture in or out. It helps lengthen the time a dressing, tube or device stays in place. The patient can have the freedom to bathe and shower allowing the surrounding area of the dressing to be cleaned. 

Some substrates and adhesives cause allergic reactions or contact dermatitis to patients, especially when they have sensitive skin. Some adhesives cause allergic reactions to people when it’s made from latex while others are allergic to glue. 

In addition, medical tapes can also cause inflammation to: 

  • Maceration
  • Re-aggravation from prior skin damage
  • Hair removal
  • Occlusion due to poor cleaning
  • Skin damage due to repeated removal and application

Reactions can prolong and even hinder the healing. Some of the signs and symptoms include redness, rashes, itchiness, blisters and cracking of the skin. 

Age must also be considered when choosing a medical tape for a wound or dressing as Infants and the elderly have thin and sensitive skin. When some tapes are removed, it can cause irritation and tearing.

Applying Medical Tape Properly

First, you should determine the appropriate tape you’ll need for the procedure. The patient must have knowledge on how to properly apply and remove the tape. Tapes adhere best on surfaces that are both clean and dry. It also works well when combined with a skin-prep which is liquid that creates a protective layer and reduces friction when the tape is removed on the skin. Though skin-preps are excellent with some adhesives, it might not be the same as others as it can cause adverse effects. Upon applying the tape, you should determine the tape’s elasticity and the area it will be placed. It is essential to make sure to apply enough tape on both the skin and dressing. At least half a inch of tape (1.5cm)  is recommended to be spread on the dressing and skin.

HyTape has a strong-hold but releases gently on the skin which health professionals and caregivers appreciate. HyTape is not only waterproof but also has zinc-oxide in its adhesive that can help soothe irritated skin. 

How to Deal with Irritant Contact Dermatitis & Medical Adhesives

Adhesive tape is nearly always required when securing dressings, it is often needed for securing IV lines, holding dressings in place or protecting scars. Irritant Contact Dermatitis and allergies may present themselves as burning, redness, and in drastic cases blistering. This is usually painful for patients. It is important to be able to differentiate and administer the best treatment for patients who have adhesive sensitivities.

Irritant Contact Dermatitis (ICD)

ICD is a type of contact dermatitis, Irritant Contact Dermatitis happens when the skin is damaged or injured due to a direct reaction from friction, rubbing, or the surrounding environment. This also includes cold temperatures, long-term exposure to water, and chemicals such as alkalis, acids, etc. It can appear within minutes or hours after the reaction and can last from short to long periods of time. The skin’s reaction varies depending on their skin condition and how long it was exposed to the irritant. In addition, 80% of contact dermatitis is mostly irritant type and doesn’t comprise of allergic reactions. The reactions are often observed on sensitive skin of infants and the elderly, it mostly presents on the body parts with thin skin such as the face,  arms, and back of the hand. A lesser reaction can be observed in parts with thick skin which includes fingertips, palms, and soles of the feet.

Allergic Contact Dermatitis (ACD)

ACD is caused by an irritating substance to the skin, Allergic Contact Dermatitis is triggered by the response of the immune system hence causing the reaction during skin contact. Compared to Irritant contact dermatitis, it is less common in patients. A variety of substances can trigger Allergic Contact Dermatitis, it often appears on the skin as red, swelling and watery blisters. When broken, these blisters form crust and scales that when left untreated, can cause the skin to be leathery, cracked and darkened.  Most common allergens include plants like poison ivy and materials like nickel, latex, rubber and many more.

Procedure for Patients that Experiences Allergic or Contact Dermatitis

If the medical adhesive or dressing is causing a skin reaction to the patient, the first thing to do is to remove the bandage or dressing. In order to remove any residue from the adhesive,  It is essential to clean the area with water and mild soap. Make sure to leave it uncovered if possible. However, if it needs to be covered by a bandage, use sterile gauze and a latex-free, non-reactive tape. This is needed to prevent any further irritation on the skin. If problems on skin persist such as showing signs of a blister or spreading redness, make sure to contact a medical professional.  

Treatment and Prevention

One way to prevent contact dermatitis is to practice a good skincare routine. Making sure that your skin is not placed in the presence of any other stresses, this will strengthen your skin along when used in conjunction with a good skincare regime. This also increases the body’s natural defenses against allergens.

Make sure to read the ingredients that are present in any soap or body wash you use. Try to select products that are perfume and dye-free. Taking short, warm baths is also recommended to ensure you keep the skin’s integrity intact. After taking a bath or shower, gently dab off any excess moisture instead of wiping it off. Lastly apply a skin moisturizer or lotion that does not have any dyes, alcohol or perfumes. 

Drinking plenty of water is also important to keep your skin healthy inside and out. A balanced diet and eating healthy foods that are rich in omega-3, fruits and vegetables, and foods that have known anti-inflammatory properties. There are many resources online that can assist you to choose a diet plan for you.

Doing exercises regularly helps in increasing the blood flow in the body as well as oxygen and nutrients. Just make sure to wear proper sun protection when exercising outdoors especially when you have a scar on your body.  

Seeking advice from a medical professional is essential when a skin condition appears on your body. They will help monitor and provide you with the right medications to help you deal and treat any form of dermatitis.  For example, Dermatologists do patch testing on the skin to determine what substances the patient needs to avoid on their skins.

Though this may not be the best option for patients with bandages or wounds. 

Choosing the right kind of tape is a very important consideration for your skin. Properties such as being waterproof, gentle on the skin, sun protection is essential to consider as it helps in faster recovery of the wound and also allows you to have a more active lifestyle. Being a leader in the field of a patient with skin sensitivity, Hytape has all the characteristics needed for a patient’s skincare. HyTape is waterproof for long-term use even when soaked, contains zinc-oxide for soothing effect and relief on the skin, and holds firm but releases gently on the skin. The best thing is it also has UFP 50 that helps in sun protection for scars and wounds. It is perfect to use for patients with chronic wounds, scars, and ostomy. If you want further information, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

Hy-Tape: A Tape with Many Uses in Home Health

Medical tape is very commonly needed and used almost every day by health practitioners who work in home health. From procedures such as wound dressing changes to securing medical equipment, the medical tape is integral. Though there are a variety of tapes with each having a special purpose when used, the most effective medical tape for home health care workers is a tape that can be used in many areas.

Hy-Tape is a home health care tape with a variety of purpose

Always consider the features you want in a medical tape before deciding and choosing what will be best. 

Hy-Tape is gentle on the skin yet also holds tightly

Often patients in a home health care setting are elderly or have a long-term physical ailment. The skin of these types of patients is more likely to be fragile and sensitive. They also usually have invasive medical devices such as NG-tubes, catheters, and G-tubes. Due to this reason, it is essential that you choose a tape that can hold these devices in place but also can be removed or released gently enough to not cause trauma on the skin. Hy-Tape is a great choice for this kind of job as it strongly adheres to the skin so that it can hold dressings, tubes and other medical devices in place while also being gentle and non-irritating even with long-term use or high body temperature. Compared to other medical tapes, Hy-Tape help lessen the risk of tears, trauma and skin burns  

Hy-Tape soothes the skin

Hy-Tape has a zinc-oxide based adhesive (this the same ingredient found in some sunscreens). The zinc-oxide helps soothe the patient’s skin, unlike other tapes that can cause irritations. One of the most common allergies seen in medical tapes is a latex-allergy, HyTape is latex-free. 

Hy-Tape is able to endure the ordeals of home health care use

A feature you must look for in a tape for home health care is being able to be protect against secretions, excretions, blood and sweat. Make sure to choose one that is occlusive and be able to withstand bodily fluids, water and mild detergent. This is because changing a dressing every time it gets wet etc not only costs time but also can irritate the skin. With Hy-Tape, the patient and healthcare worker can experience its waterproof attribute as it can be washed and cleaned without any problems. This feature also allows it for long-term wear. 

Hy-Tape can endure any types of job in home health

Home health care work is a busy and tough job hence why most medical practitioners have their hands full all the time. This is because it requires balancing patient contact and providing medical care. So, if you’re choosing a medical tape, select one that has pre-cut strips, patches and single rolls. 

Using single-rolls helps lessen the risk of cross-contamination of viruses and bacteria to patients. Hy-Tape has single rolls that, when used accordingly, not only lessens the risk of infection but also reduces waste. 

Hy-Tape’s patches are excellent to help cover large areas easily just by a single application. If you want to make a dressing occlusive, just simply place Hy-Tape to cover it. Hy-Tape also has pre-cut strips for easier application.  

Hy-Tape is excellent in virtually every home health care job

HyTape has got you covered if you need a medical tape for almost every job in-home health care. Hy-Tape conforms to the contours of the body and can be placed on any sizes and shapes of wounds. 

Some examples of where Hy-Tape is used is home health care, post-surgical care, neonatal care, ostomy securement, wound care & dressing, scar protection, infection control, endotracheal tubes & IV catheters, hydrocolloid dressings securement, and many more. 

If you’re planning to buy medical tape for home health care use, choose Hy-Tape

With a variety of medical tapes that are available on the market, it’s not necessary to buy just one as each has its purpose. However, for home health care workers, they have dozens of tasks to do and perform sometimes all at once. So, instead of buying one for a specific use, choose one that can help you with almost every job. Hy-Tape is waterproof, occlusive, washable, and latex-free. It also is gentle on the skin but holds firmly in place. Hy-Tape comes in a wide array of sizes and shapes. Because of its multi-purpose features, it is perfect for home health care use. 

Making Your Wound Dressing Waterproof For Swimming

Going swimming when you have a wound dressing or bandage presents its challenges. By taking proper precautions you can ensure your dressing is covered and waterproofed. Protecting your wound from infection is of course the main aim, but people often forget the importance of protection from the sun’s UV rays.

Whenever you’re going for a swim, securing your dressing on your wound is very important. You can create a decent hold on the dressing by making a 0.5 to 1.5 inch (1.5 to 4cm) waterproof border around it. Factors like currents, salt-water waves, and body movements can and will loosen your wound’s dressing, having a strong adhesive is therefore essential.

Pool water, even if it’s treated with chlorine, can slow down the healing process of your wound and cause it to become irritated. There can be a bacterial load that is present in pools. A wound should remain dry especially when it is still in the early stages of healing. Even water from a tap, whilst is usually the cleanest source, has a risk for your wound to become infected and aggravated, especially when used in conjunction with soaps and shampoos.

Germs and microorganisms are present in all types of water which can enter the wound, thereby, causing an infection. Your skin that surrounds the wound softens when you soak it in water hence making the wound shrink and then swell. This can also slow down the healing process. Making your dressing waterproof is easy and inexpensive if you have the right products.

From sleeves to wraps, there are various products available on the market today. Choosing the right one can make all the difference. One of the best examples that has all the protective properties needed and a lot more is HyTape. It outshines and stands out from others due to its various features such as being waterproof, cost-effective and UPF 50+. HyTape is thin and flexible and adheres to all types of skins. It protects the wound dressing effectively by creating a barrier underneath, this allows it to be worn for long-term.

HyTape is also latex-free which lessens the risk of skin allergies and reactions, and has a zinc-oxide coating for soothing relief of the skin. What makes HyTape best for outdoor usage is its UPF 50+ feature to help protect your wound or scar from the sun’s UV rays. It is also easy to cover your wound or dressing as you don’t skin preparation is not required when applying. Hytape has a variety of sizes for your wounds with widths from .25” all the way up to 4”. For large covering, 4” and 5” adhesive patches are available. From surfers to parents, there are many testimonies of people who have used HyTape and had positive experiences.

Try Hytape now and share with us your experience today.