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Tesco Assorted Washproof Plasters
Member Name: brittle1906
Tesco Assorted Washproof Plasters
Advantages: Reasonable quality
Disadvantages: Not really waterproof
Review of Tesco Wash-proof plasters
Plasters are one of those things I tend to take for granted. They are something you rarely think about yet when you need one, you need one straightaway.
This is a box of 40 wash-proof plasters from Tesco, it is not the 'Value' budget range but from the bog standard stores own selection.
The plasters are presented in a green and white cardboard package font. The box bears a picture of three assorted sticking plasters.
There are some basic medical warnings on the reverse of the box and the Tesco company information.
The box opens easily enough and inside nestle the 40 wash proof plasters. The plasters are presented within a plastic wrapper which is perforated at the end for tearing apart. These are a little fiddly to open, but the wrapping does of course ensure sterility.
The plasters themselves are pale brown/flesh colour, with a small lint pad in the central panel. As with most plasters, there are tear off protector strips covering the sticky part, keeping the plaster fresh and hygienic until it is ready to be applied.
The size range of the plasters is fairly limited, square and rectangular shapes ranging from 19 - 63mm, so whilst these are fine for minor wounds, realistically they are not going to be very useful for anything larger than a small cut, graze or blister.
The price is a reasonable £1 for the box of 40 plasters. This equates at around 2.5p per plaster.
My most recent use of these plasters was on a small cut on my left index finger, a deep paper cut type wound, painful, annoying, but most definitely not life threatening!
After cleaning and drying the area, I unwrapped a suitable plaster and wrapped it round my finger. The cut was on the second knuckle and I was pleased to find the Tesco plaster was adequately sticky enough to hold in place.
The plaster remained intact for the rest of the morning, however after a couple of hours; it was beginning to lift at the edges. Of course, fingers bend and flex during normal day to day life, so perhaps the movement rendered the plaster less adhesive than it might have been on a flatter area of the body.
These plasters are described as 'wash-proof', in my experience this meant the product could cope with a gentle hand wash or two, but not immersion in hot soapy water!
**Cautions, Warnings and Availability**
The warnings printed on the packaging are common sense ones, Tesco advise consumers to wash their hands before use, to clean the wound and ensure the surrounding skin is clean and dry before applying a plaster. They also warn that medical advice should be sought should the wound become swollen or reddened or the bleeding not cease. Each plaster should only be used once and the contents used up before the expiry date on the base of the box. Plasters should be stored in a cool, dry place.
Persons with sensitivity to adhesive plasters should avoid using.
**My Thoughts and Conclusion**
In line with many other supermarkets these days, more and more everyday items are being marketed under the Tesco own label. I have noticed that many home medical goods are reaching silly prices recently, so it is nice to find a reasonable quality item at a fair price.
All in all, these plasters are fine for the money; £1.00 for 40 is not going to break the bank. As the plasters are on the small side, they will only suit small wounds but as a basic first aid item they are fine.
I consider this plaster assortment to be a good buy and great value for money.
I am awarding Tesco Wash Proof plasters a 4* rating, dropping a star simply because they could have been a little more waterproof in my opinion.
Thank you for reading.
İbrittle1906 February 2013
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Summary: A good basic medicine cabinet item
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