Mable Davis, Sue Hesse, Jeania Kitchens,
and Dr. Joseph Schrodt, President of
Majorus Medical Inc, introduce Tapease®
adhesive tape as a new product that is
specifically designed for adhearing an
intravascular catheter to the skin of a
patient. The use of Tapease® medical
tape reduces cost, allows for the IV to be
secured to a patient in less time, reduces
the risk of the tape getting unintentionally
stuck to an undesired object (such as a
glove), and reduces the risk of infection.
|THE STORY OF TAPEASE® MEDICAL TAPE
Because of the disadvantages associated with the conventional method of
securing the intravascular catheter with conventional adhesive tape, a
number of specialized products have been disclosed for holding
intravascular catheters. For example, Lacko et al., United States Patent
4,490,141, issued December 25, 1984, discloses an adhesive device
having a slot, a hole, and a hingedly connected portion. The device has
three cover sheets that are sequentially removed when using the device.
United States Patent 5,087,248, issued February 11, 1992, to Beisang
discloses an adhesive patch having four covers that are sequentially
removed when using the device. The Lacko et al. device and the Beisang
device contain cover sheets that have the same shape and size as the
adhesive strips, making it very difficult to remove them while wearing
gloves. The Lacko et al. device and the Beisang device also must be
precisely oriented relative to the IV tube.
Tapease® brand adhesive strips overcome the problems assiciated with
using conventional rolls of medical adhesive tape to secure intravascular
catheters to the skin of patients. More specifically, Tapease® adhesive
strips can be easily used by a medical professional wearing latex or
latex-free gloves. The intravascular catheter adhesive tape securely holds
Intravascular catheters are used to supply liquids directly into a patient's
bloodstream. An intravascular catheter consists of a flexible tube
attached to a hollow plastic hub. An intravascular catheter is typically
inserted using an integral stylet. A stylet is a hollow metal needle that fits
within and extends beyond the flexible tube of the catheter. The stylet is
used to puncture the patient's skin and enter the blood vessel. After the
stylet is inserted through the skin into the patient's blood vessel, it is
removed to leave only the flexible tube within the blood vessel. The hub
is then secured to the patient's body before it is connected to a source of
The conventional procedure for securing intravascular catheters to the
skin of a patient involves the use of conventional adhesive tape.
Generally, a strip of adhesive tape that has been previously torn from
a roll is then placed underneath the intravascular catheter with the
adhesive side facing up. The next step is to fold one side of the tape
over so the adhesive side makes contact with the patient's skin. Some
medical professionals cross the tape over at an angle to the hub of the
catheter while others fold it over parallel to the hub. The next step is to
fold the other side of the tape over. Again, some medical professionals
fold the other side parallel to the hub. The final step is to place a cover
over the catheter and the tape.
There are several disadvantages associated with the
conventional method of securing an intravascular catheter
to a patient. First, the medical professional should, but does
not always, wear latex or latex-free gloves during the process.
Handling adhesive tape is very difficult when wearing gloves.
Second, there are several risks of contamination. The use of a
single roll of adhesive tape by different medical professionals
and on different patients presents one risk. An even greater
risk arises because medical professionals typically tear off a
strip of tape and stick it temporarily on a nearby surface before
inserting the intravascular catheter. The strip of tape is then
retrieved for use. The strip carries with it contamination from
the surface. The problem of contamination is widely recognized
in the medical profession. See, for example, "Guidelines for the
Prevention of Intravascular Catheter-Related Infections"
published in the August 9, 2002, edition of the Morbidity and
Mortality Weekly Report of the Center for Disease Control.
an intravascular catheter in place and reduces the risk of contamination. Tapease® adhesive strips also offers a
simpler, quicker and gentler way for removing catheters which are taped to the skin of a patient.
|MAJORUS MEDICAL, INC.
1101 ASH AVENUE
DECATUR, IL 62526
Telephone: (217) 433-2755 - Facsimile: (330) 666-2561
Tapease® provides a faster, safer, and
cost-effective way to secure an intravascular
catheter to the skin of a patient.