The company has developed Durapore high-adhesion medical tape to help clinicians safely secure critical tubes.

Durapore advanced tape enables to maintain adhesion on the oily or diaphoretic skin and also offers better adhesion characteristics than latex-containing tapes even though it is not made with natural rubber latex.

Durapore advanced tape can be used in various applications, including endotracheal tube, nasogastric tube, and chest tube.

Tape edge lift may result in adhesion failure and increases the risk of extubation or dislodgement.

Durapore advanced tape showed minimal edge lift or adhesive weakening after 72 hours of wear in various studies, said the company.

Successful critical tube securement needs adhesives, which can stick to multiple surface textures. Durapore advanced tape adheres in all of them, while some medical tapes can fail in one or more of these categories.

According to the company, Durapore advanced tape requires 44% more pull force to dislodge a tube from diaphoretic /moist skin after application.

3M Medical Solutions Division global business team leader Mel Wong said: “When patient outcomes rely upon effective securement, choosing the right medical tape is crucial.

“We understand there’s absolutely zero margin for error in safely securing patient tubes and devices. That’s why we are committed to continuously challenging adhesive capability boundaries. We want every clinician to have complete confidence that their critical applications will stay in place, so they can focus entirely on providing patient care.”

Recently, the company has also introduced an advanced surgical skin prep solution, which was developed to assist in patient infection prevention.

The 3M SoluPrep Film-Forming Sterile Surgical Solution is a 2% chlorhexidine gluconate and 70% isopropyl alcohol surgical skin prep, which uses the firm’s technology to help clinicians in the fight against SSIs.

The new surgical skin prep solution forms a water-insoluable film on the skin when the copolymer film dries, enabling the bacteria-killing agent chlorhexidine gluconate (CHG) stay on a patient’s skin and tolerate the rigors of simulated surgical conditions.