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Tape for Sensitive Skin
A question to the Oley offices prompted us to turn to the Oley Facebook page and Oley-Inspire forum for feedback from members. To help the member who had called, we asked how people with sensitive skin secured tubes or catheters. The response was overwhelming. The following list is based on these suggestions. We’ve included a few of the comments, too, where we thought they might be helpful.
For more information on the following 3M products, contact 3M Health Care Customer Helpline, (800) 228-3957, or visit www.3m.com.
• 3M™ Cavilon™ No Sting Barrier Film: Alcohol-free hypoallergenic film forms a breathable protective coating on the skin that helps prevent medical adhesive–related injury. Available in wands, wipes, and spray.
For more information on the following ConvaTec product, contact ConvaTec customer service at (800) 422-8811, e-mail email@example.com or visit www.convatec.com.
• DuoDERM® dressings: Thin, flexible hydrocolloid* dressings designed to reduce skin breakdown due to friction. Available in different sizes and styles. One mom suggested DuoDERM or HYPAFIX (see below) as a “long-term” or base layer for taping: “I…put down a layer of ‘long term’ tape then put my son’s ‘daily change’ on top of that….That way the tape that’s coming off daily is coming off of another layer vs. his skin. When the bottom layer loosens on its own, then I remove and change. Can get about a week out of one area that way.”
Smith & Nephew Products
For more information on the following Smith & Nephew products, visit www.smith-nephew.com.
• HYPAFIX Dressing Retention Rolls: Soft non-woven fabric with non-irritating adhesive used to secure dressings, tubes, and catheters. One mom wrote, “HYPAFIX is soft and has flexibility and works on sensitive skin.” Another wrote, “HYPAFIX is a lifesaver for my daughter’s skin. I use adhesive remover when changing the tape or removing. Then I wash with mild soap and rinse well with water. Next I use alcohol wipes on the skin. And allow to dry. Then I reapply the HYPAFIX. Also skin prep is great for helping irritated skin to heal.”
Mölnlycke Healthcare Products
For more information about the following Mölnlycke products, contact customer service at (800) 882-4582 or visit www.molnlycke.com.
• Comfeel® Plus Transparent Dressing: Flexible and transparent hydrocolloid* dressings. For more information, contact Coloplast US Headquarters at (800) 533-0464 or visit www.coloplast.com. Coloplast also makes an adhesive removal spray; free samples available through their website.
One contributor noted that it is less expensive to buy the tape they like (Micropore paper tape) from the local medical supplier than from the pharmacy or Walmart, and there are more widths available. Another person suggested drugstore.com as offering good prices on another brand/type of tape.
Another contributor suggested, “Try using skin prep before tape. Comes in spray or pads. Make sure it dries completely before applying tape. Puts a layer between skin and tape.”
A suggestion on adhesive removal sprays: “Lift a tiny corner of the tape and spray it under the tape as you peel the tape off and it eases the tape off without breaking or hurting the skin. Using Cavilon barrier wipes under tape may be an option.”
And a good, final tip: “Bottom line, try all the tapes you can lay your hands on economically…and write to suppliers if it’s hard to find one locally. They will often send you a free roll to try.” Several of the manufacturers above offer free samples through their websites.
LifelineLetter, November/December 2015