Health

3M Transpore Surgical Tape

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Hypoallergenic porous plastic surgical tape

3M Transpore Surgical Tape is the undisputed “go-to” tape for medical professionals such as doctors, nurses, and paramedics. Long available in healthcare facilities, it is a relative novelty in the consumer world. Compared to the cheap, inferior quality tape found in most first aid kits, Transpore is:

  • Designed to be easily torn by hand horizontally and vertically
  • Porous and allows the skin to breath
  • Semi-transparent, allowing inspection for blood/pus
  • Water-resistant
  • Latex-free and hypoallergenic
  • Easy to peel off; residue can be removed with rubbing alcohol or soap

Transpore is available in a variety of widths but I find the 2” size to be perfect for 99% of first aid applications. It is more expensive that ‘regular’ medical tape, but its versatility and ease-of-use make it well-worth stocking in your first aid kit. Buy it in bulk from Amazon or eBay for more competitive pricing than your local pharmacy.

-- Nabhan Islam 04/7/16