3M Medipore H Soft Cloth Surgical Tape

3M Medipore H Soft Cloth Surgical Tape

Brand/Manufacturer: 3M
Authorized Retailer Badge
  • FSA Approved
  • Latex Free
  • Made in USA

3M Medipore Tape is a hypoallergenic cloth surgical tape which provides stronger adhesion for challenging applications. The tape is a non-woven polyester and is soft and gentle to skin, reducing the risk of skin irritation. Particularly useful for securing wound dressings, tubing and catheters. Medipore 3M Tape features strong adhesion and stays on the skin for a longer period of time. It is water-resistant and hypoallergenic for sensitive patients.

3M Medipore Tape Highlights

  • Conformability: Bi-directional stretch accommodates swelling, distention and movement
  • Breathability: Highly breathable, soft cloth tape
  • Easy to use: Easy tear at perforations with no scissors necessary
  • Helps reduce risk: Individually packaged single-use length rolls can help reduce cross-contamination risk by 99% compared to unpackaged tape


Best Price Guarantee

Item # Desc Pkg Price
2861 1" x 10yd, Enhance adhesion Each
2862S 2" x 2yd, Short Roll, Enhance adhesion Each
2861 1" x 10yd, Enhance adhesion 2/Pack
2861 1" x 10yd, Enhance adhesion 12/Pack
2862S 2" x 2yd, Short Roll, Enhance adhesion 48/Pack
2861 1" x 10yd, Enhance adhesion 2/Pack, 12Pk/Case
2862 2" x 10yd, Enhance adhesion Each
2862 2" x 10yd, Enhance adhesion 12/Pack
2863 3" x 10yd, Enhance adhesion Each
2863 3" x 10yd, Enhance adhesion 12/Pack
2864S 4" x 2yd, Enhance adhesion Each
2864S 4" x 2yd, Enhance adhesion 24/Pack
2864 4" x 10yd, Enhance adhesion Each
2866 6" x 10yd, Enhance adhesion Each
2866 6" x 10yd, Enhance adhesion 12/Pack
2868 8" x 10yd, Enhance adhesion Each

Features of 3M Soft Cloth Surgical Tape

  • Not made with natural rubber latex
  • Economical and available in single use roll
  • Great for securing wound dressing, ostomy pouches, and other devices
  • Features a soft, conformable backing with bi-directional stretch to accommodate swelling and movement
  • Medipore Tape is easy to handle, with or without medical gloves, without curling edges, or sticking to itself
  • Excellent cross and diagonal stretch accommodates moderate swelling or movement
  • Water-resistant cloth surgical tape

When to use this Medical Tape?

  • When repeated taping is required
  • Securing ostomy pouches or dressings to fragile skin
  • Securing over such areas where skin may stretch as in case of hematoma formation or movement, edema and distention
  • Anchoring post-surgical dressings
  • Used as retentive sheeting over gauze

What to buy with Medical Tapes

Instructions to use 3M Cloth Surgical Tape

  1. Unroll slightly beyond the desired length.
  2. Slightly bend the rolled-out segment of tape to identify the perforation lines which are spaced every 2 inches along the entire roll.
  3. Grasp the top edge of the tape closest to the perforation line, and quickly "tear" the tape apart.

Prior Application Instructions:

  • Tape should be applied without tension to clean, dry skin.
  • A clipper may be used to remove hair, if necessary.
  • To protect at-risk skin, 3M Cavilon No Sting Barrier Film may be applied and when thoroughly dry, the tape may be applied over it.
  • In general, do not encircle a limb completely with tape.
  • If distention is anticipated, use a tape that stretches or a self-adherent wrap to secure the dressing or tubing.

How to Apply 3M Medipore Cloth Tape?

A. General taping
  1. Apply the Medipore surgical tape without tension, gently but firmly stroking the surface to maximize adhesion.
  2. The tape should extend at least one-half inch beyond the dressing.
  3. Soft Cloth Surgical Tape should not be pulled or stretched when applied. 
  4. If the swelling does occur, loosen and re-fasten or replace the tape to relieve the tension.
 3M Medipore H Soft Cloth Surgical Tape

B. When compression is needed:

 3M Medipore H Soft Cloth Surgical Tape
 3M Medipore H Soft Cloth Surgical Tape
3M Medipore H Soft Cloth Surgical Tape
 3M Medipore H Soft Cloth Surgical Tape
  1. Place the first section of tape without tension onto the skin on one side of the dressing, gently pressing downward.
  2. With one hand, secure tape on one edge of the dressing while slightly stretching the next section of tape over the dressing.
  3. Secure Medipore surgical tape on the opposite edge of the dressing.
  4. Press the remaining tape onto the skin without tension.
  5. Compression should come from the multiple layers of dressing material, not from excessive tension in the tape. 
  6. Skin distention under tape may result in blistering and should be relieved as soon as possible.

C. When distention is anticipated:

  1. 3M Medipore H Soft Cloth Surgical Tape has more stretch in the cross-direction and on the bias.
  2. The direction of the stretch should be considered when securing a dressing or tubing to an area that is at high risk for distention, edema, hematoma formation, or movement. 
  3. Anecdotally, applying soft cloth tape parallel to the incision appears to be associated with fewer skin tension injuries than taping perpendicular to the incision.

How to Remove it?

Proper tape removal is critical in reducing the skin trauma:
  1. Loosen edges of tape. If necessary, press a small piece of tape onto a corner to start an edge of the tape.
  2. Stabilize the skin with one finger.
  3. Remove tape “low and slow” in direction of hair growth, keeping it close to skin surface and pull back over itself.
  4. Removing tape at an angle will pull the epidermis increasing risk of mechanical trauma. As 3M Medipore H Soft Cloth Tape is removed, continue supporting newly exposed skin.

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3M Medipore H Tape Specifications:

Attribute Name




Clinical Area

Cardiovascular, Critical Care, Dialysis Centre, Emergency Medical Services (EMS), Emergency Room, I.V. Therapy, Intensive Care, Radiology, Surgery


Dressing and Device Securement, I.V. Related, Skin Care, Wound Care


Cardiovascular, Critical Care, Dialysis Center, Emergency, I.V. Therapy, Intensive Care Unit, Labor & Delivery, Medical-Surgical, Oncology, Operating Room-Surgery, Orthopedics, Pediatrics, Radiology, Urgent Care, Wound Care



IV Related Condition Type

Arterial Catheter, CVC Dialysis, CVC Implanted Port, CVC PICC, CVC Short-Term, CVC Tunneled, Epidural Catheter, PICC




10 Linear Yard, 2 Linear Yard

Length (Metric)

1.8 m, 9.1 m

Material Soft Cloth
Product Type Medical Tape, Surgical Tape
Skin Care Condition Type Peri-Tube Skin Irritation, Tracheostomy Site Trauma, Trauma from Tapes and Dressings
Units per Pack 12, 24, 6
Width 1 Inch, 2 Inch, 3 Inch, 4 Inch, 6 Inch, 8 Inch
Width (Metric) 10 cm, 10.1 cm, 15 cm, 15.2 cm, 2.5 cm, 20 cm, 5 cm, 7.6 cm
Wound Care Condition Type Abrasions, Closed Intact Surgical Wound, Donor Sites, Laceration, Neuropathic Ulcers, Open Surgical Wounds, Skin Tear, Superficial Partial Thickness Burns, Venous Leg Ulcer


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