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Medical tape from 3M recognised as outstanding new product innovation


14 December 2011

A new silicone medical tape from diversified technology company 3M has been recognised as one of the 100 most innovative, high quality and revolutionary ideas of the year by Popular Science magazine. The US publication for science and technology selected 3M Kind Removal Silicone Tape as a winner in its annual ‘Best of What’s New Awards’.

The tape, recently launched in the UK by 3M’s Health Care Markets Division, features a new silicone adhesive technology which provides an optimal balance between reliable adhesion and gentle skin removal.  “The tape offers reliable fixation and can be repositioned and reapplied, yet is easily and cleanly removed with minimal disruption to fragile skin layers1”, said Paul Middleton-Walker, 3M Commercial Marketing Team.  “These skin-friendly characteristics are particularly important to very young or elderly patients, or where patients require repeat applications of tape to the same part of the body, such as when undergoing dialysis.  We’re excited about the opportunity this tape brings for improving patient care in hospitals and the community, and are delighted to have received recognition by Popular Science,” he added. 

3M Kind Removal Silicone Tape is coloured pale blue for easy identification and is available in 5m rolls in two widths, 2.5cm and 5cm. Its bi-directional tear allows tailoring of the tape to best fit body contours or to meet the challenges of difficult
taping situations on fragile and at-risk skin. It is prescribable and listed in Part 1XA section of the UK Drug Tariff.

“This new tape shares many characteristics of the well-known 3M office product, the Post-it note; it’s repositionable, easily removed and leaves no residue” said Paul.  “Adhesive technology is one of 3M’s 40+ core technology platforms and it’s great to see this expertise making a positive difference to patients’ lives” he added. 

For More Information:  http://www.3m.co.uk/siliconetape

Find Out What Clinicians Are Saying:  3M™ Kind Removal Silicone Tape | 2011 WOCN Testimonials - YouTube

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Reference. 1,  Grove, GL, Zerweck, C, Houser, T, Smith, GE and Koski, NL. Adhesive Tape Trauma Evaluation of Two Gentle Tapes in Healthy Human Subjects. Poster Presentation, WOCN, New Orleans, June 2011.  Study supported by 3M.


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Rosalind Smith
3M Corporate Communications
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