Adhesive-Based Medical Tape Market Surging With New, More Patient-Friendly Products

Posted on 8/20/2012 8:33:09 AM By HealthTechZone

The adhesive tape that healthcare workers use on bandages to bind and protect wounds is undergoing a whole new makeover, while also seeing a surge in global sales, according to Emily Berlin, global market segment manager for Avery Dennison Medical Solutions. The adhesive-based medical device sector now continues to expand in the U.S., Europe, and Asia, with global sales expected to exceed $2 billion annually by 2015. This is partially the result of a trend toward more holistic, personalized medical care, which has led to greater awareness among clinicians of the role medical adhesives play in patient comfort and recovery, as well as the effects that certain medical conditions have on wound healing. Also having a very strong influence on the market is the need to address preventable infections. Taken together, these needs have brought the market sector to develop new-generation adhesive-based products tailored to specific applications. In the past, clinicians commonly carried roll tape in their pockets between patient sites, applied it without gloved hands, and sometimes, stuck it to bedsides or tray tables, increasing the potential for germs traveling from one patient to another. Studies have detected the presence of bacteria on roll tape used in hospitals, and one study found that a full revolution of the tape had to be removed before reaching uncontaminated tape. A new bandage-shaped fixation device for handling a wide range of medical tubes, lines, and drains has also increased the need for a more absorbent, gentle-to-the-skin kind of adhesive tape. In the past physicians used standard medical or surgical tape, but the acrylic adhesive used in these older tapes caused skin irritation in some patients, especially those whose skin was extremely sensitive, bringing about the search for materials that still adhered, but were not as unyielding as the ones used in acrylic adhesives.

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