by Becky B
We prepare our medical supplies with the normal gauze, tape, band aids, medicinal creams. Most of our supplies are those we have seen our parents purchase and use. Rarely do we see what the medical field receives for a trail run before it is offered, if ever to the general public. When was the last time you found a medical tape that had longevity and endurance? Where the over the counter medical tapes wear out, fall off, or never adheres to the body. Then you have medical tapes that causes the body to react to, those who break out with blisters from the plastic tape or have a reaction to the type of glue used.
At Christmas time the 3M company distributed a new tape for the hospital staff to try (great PR). Along comes 3M blue tape with unique logo on the packaging (blue feather) on the interior side of the roll. What brought it to my attention was the staff was using this blue tape on my husband. His bodies reaction to the other medical tapes they were using caused blister during his long stay at the hospital.
It peaked my interest when I saw them take the tape off and reapply it to the body, and it stayed. That is when I started asking questions, why they did not throw it away and put new tape on. One nurse explained the properties of this new material. You can cut it or simply tear it as the material will tear without difficulty, you can use smaller lengths to seal an area. This adhesive seems to work on those who have allergic reactions to the glue used on most medical tapes sold today.
This specialize blue tape was not easy to locate, yet I found a distributor through Amazon that carries it. It will be under 3M blue medical silicone tape. I will try to get the link to attach to this article, if not you will be able to locate it with the information I have provided.
At first the price of this tape appears to be expensive, yet when I broke the price down per roll, it is no more than buying medical tape over the counter for higher quality tape. The package contained 12 rolls with shipping was about $65.00, which worked out to be $5.50 per roll, and knowing it can be used over and over again made the purchase worthwhile.
Last thought to those who purchase this tape…….hide it. When your family and friends have the opportunity to test it. Yes, they will want a roll of their own, so be prepared to order two boxes so you can ‘gift a roll’ to those whom you love.