Surgical tapes that peel off painlessly

: Scientists have developed a new pain-free surgical tape that can peel off safely without causing any tissue damage upon removal. The tape achieves strong adhesion when securing medical devices to skin and could also easily peel off safely, utilizing a three-layer design approach that sets a new paradigm for quick-release medical tapes. Once the backing is peeled off, any remaining adhesive left on the skin can safely be rolled off with a finger using a "push and roll" technique.

Commercial medical tapes on the market are great at keeping medical devices attached to the skin, but often can do damage - such as skin tissue tearing - once it's time to remove them.

Researchers from Brigham and Women's Hospital ( BWH) have invented a quick-release tape that has the strong adhesion properties of commercial medical tape, but without the ouch factor upon removal.

Scientists led by Jeffrey Karp defined the need and requirements for a new neonatal adhesive based on national surveys of neonatal clinicians.

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