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Boots Micropore Surgical Tape
Member Name: Tolteca
Boots Micropore Surgical Tape
Date: 17/02/13, updated on 17/08/13 (102 review reads)
Advantages: Fixes dressings and plastes in place without irritating sensitive skin.
Disadvantages: Lasts and Lasts.
I have weird biochemistry, which means that waterproof plasters and even some lesser quality fabric ones slip off all to easily. Which is a problem as I am accident and blister prone, so consume lots of plasters and other wound dressings. If I am at home this is not usually a problem as my first aid cupboard is well stashed with plasters that stay put but sometimes even I run out, especially on trips and the only plasters I can get my injured mitts on are the ones that can slip on me.
That is when I reach for the Boots Micropours surgical tape.
It will hold any plaster or dressing in place. It has fixed wimpy plasters in place on my multiple-blistered feet. It holds surgical dressings in place - which don't come with adhesive built in and so need tape to fix them in place. It can also even cover up small cuts on its own - after you have cleaned them, of course.
The tape lets the skin and wound breathe but still protects it from dirt and infection, even in the tropics. It is hypoallergenic and has never caused my sensitive skin a problem.
Because of the tiny cross-hatching on the tape, it tears easily from the roll it comes on which is very useful if a pair of scissors or Swiss Army Knife is not to hand. Though it does tear easily from the roll, it does stay put until you peel it off, when it is equally co-operative.
Not only will this tape hold dressings and plasters in place, it is incredibly good at holding anything where it needs to be. When the hot-shoe of my old SLR came loose in the jungle all I needed to keep the flash in contact with the camera was a few strips of this product. The camera remained fully functional and I got my pictures courtesy of this great multi-use product.
It comes in four different sizes. I find that because it lasts so well and because you don't need much for it to do its job, I only tend to need the smallest size Boots does. This is the £1.69 or 169 Advantage points box. This gives you a roll 5 m long and 1.25 cm in width.
Boots also do a 2.5 cm wide version for £1.99 and a 5 cm one for £3.99. Both of these are 5 m long. For really long trips or fixing large dressings, the 10 m long 2.5 cm wide version is also available for £3.99 or 399 Advantage points.
All of these will not let you or yours down. They will fix plasters and dressings in place and keep them there while letting your skin breathe and remain unirritated.
And once bought, that strip of Micropore will last and last.
All in all, a great staple of any medicine kit.
Summary: A staple of any good first aid kit.
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