Medical Tape Standards & FAQ

What differentiates the variations of medical tape?

Generally, there are two components to medical adhesive tapes: the adhesive and the backing (tape material). Each medical tape is comprised of a specific combination of material and adhesive. The material determines various tape features such as strength or tearability in a specific direction, while the adhesive is characterized by a specific performance profile.

When should I replace or dispose of a medical tape?

This is highly dependent on the type of application and the patient’s skin. Monitor medical tape on an ongoing basis to ensure sufficient adhesion. To reduce waste, many tapes are also available in a short/designated patient rolls, which are designed for one time uses.

Why is it important to use the correct medical tape?

Every type of medical tape has unique material and adhesive characteristics; therefore, it is important to evaluate both properties against your requirements. If the tape has the appropriate adhesive characteristics but the material is not strong enough, the tape will not function correctly for the intended use.

Is the medical tape I applied to my patient secure?

Without stretching or pulling, smooth down the tape and ensure it is adequately adhered with no wrinkles or gaps in adhesion. Review our “Medical Tape Information for Use” page to learn more about tape application best practice.

How does priMED ensure the quality of their tapes?

priMED’s medical tapes are tested to various pressure sensitive adhesive standards such as:


Standards Title
ASTM D3330

Standard Test Method for Peel Adhesion of Pressure Sensitive Tape

ASTM D3654

Standard Test Methods for Shear Adhesion of Pressure-Sensitive Tapes.


Tack Rolling Ball

PSTC 131

Breaking Strength and Elongation of Pressure Sensitive Tapes

What if the medical tape becomes contaminated?

Immediately discard of medical tape once it has been contaminated according to your facilities procedures. To reduce waste, many tapes are also available in a short roll, which is designed for one time uses.

Is it possible to prevent tape loosening from the skin when a patient sweats?

Apply medical tape to clean dry skin when possible. More breathable tapes are preferred for diaphoretic patients to help with moisture evaporation. priMED recommends using more breathable tapes such as primasure™ Secure.