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Boots Micropore Surgical Tape
Member Name: Sarahjh
Boots Micropore Surgical Tape
Advantages: Tape that `breathes`
Disadvantages: Nothing major
Boots microporous surgical tape is a very handy item to keep in your first aid box. I am the first to admit that my first aid cabinet is not as well stocked as it should be but I can usually find the essentials like sticking plasters, antiseptic cream, dressings and surgical tape. Sometimes you don't need a sticking plaster, you just want to cover an abrasion to stop any infection creeping in. Boots surgical tape is perfect for the job.
The microporous surgical tape isn't a cheap option. Boots the chemists produce four different sized rolls which range in price from around £1.60 to £4. I buy the smallest roll which has five metres of narrow tape. That five metres of surgical tape lasts me for ages.
If you place a sticking plaster on a cut then no air gets to the skin. I am a bit old fashioned and I like the air to get to the cut or wound so if it is at all possible I would rather place a small dressing on top of the abrasion and place a piece of surgical tape over the top. If you have your hands in and out of the water or you are at work then you would have to wear a latex glove over the top to keep the dressing in place.
The surgical tape is easy to cut, if you have no scissors to hand then you can tear a piece of tape from the roll. The creamy coloured tape is soft to the touch. When you are handling the length of tape you need to make sure that you don't fold it or you will be unable to stick it on your skin. The surgical tape is hypo-allergenic and on the box it states you can use the tape on adults and children.
The surgical tape is adhesive to a point but it will not withstand being damp or in water. If the tape gets wet then it will just peel off. The soft tape sticks to the skin and it moves as you flex. If you have a dressing on your hand then moving your fingers and joints does not dislodge the length of tape. When the tape is stuck to your skin the air can still penetrate the surgical tape.
In recent weeks I have had a lot of blood tests. The hospital always place a small dressing where the needle has punctured the skin and they stick it down with some surgical tape. I noticed that the tape that the hospital used was far more difficult to remove, in fact I really had to pull it to get it off. On a couple of occasions I put a clean dressing over the needle puncture and stuck it down with a length of Boots surgical tape which comes away far easier.
If the microporous tape comes adrift then it will not stick down again, you have to use another piece of tape. If you are going to do any work while you have a dressing held in place with tape then it is easier to pop a latex glove on.
I have dry skin but it is not sensitive and my skin has never been affected in any way after using the tape. The Boots surgical tape is fine and it definitely serves the purpose, if you are by any chance allergic to ordinary plasters then this tape may be a good one for you to try.
Summary: Very handy for securing dressings
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