ST. PAUL, Minn.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Medical adhesives play a critical role in patient care, as they are used
by virtually every medical specialty in all care settings and among all
age groups. Yet despite their meaningful impact to healthcare delivery,
little guidance exists to date regarding appropriate selection and
proper use of adhesive products to minimize medical adhesive-related
skin injury (MARSI). MARSI has become a prevalent but under recognized
complication that is believed to impact at least 1.5 million patients
annually in the U.S.,1,2 contributing to significant costs
In an effort to address the gap, a consensus document was published this
month from 23 recognized key opinion leaders who convened to explore the
assessment, prevention and treatment of MARSI. The thought leaders
across multiple medical disciplines gathered in December 2012 for a
two-day roundtable discussion based in St. Paul, Minn. The summit was
made possible by an unrestricted educational grant from 3M Critical &
Chronic Care Solutions. The document is titled “Medical Adhesives and
Patient Safety: State of the Science: Consensus Statements for the
Assessment, Prevention, and Treatment of Adhesive-related Skin
Injuries”, and appears in the July/August issue of the Journal of
Wound Ostomy & Continence Nursing.
The document details 24 consensus statements and suggests additional
areas for research. Among its key points:
Expert opinion suggests that choosing the right adhesive products and
using proper application techniques can help minimize MARSI.
It is recommended that clinicians consider the role of skin tension
and anticipate skin and joint movement when selecting and applying
medical adhesive products.
Expert opinion recommends that adhesive-containing products be stored
and used in a manner that prevents contamination, and that
single-patient-use products are used whenever possible.
Specialties represented at the summit funded by 3M included critical
care; dermatology; electrophysiology; geriatrics; infection control;
infusion therapy; neonatology; oncology; orthopedics; pediatrics;
perioperative; physical therapy; plastics; research; and wound, ostomy
and continence. Researchers in the area of skin and wound care,
including pressure ulcers, were also among the invited participants.
The event was moderated by Mikel Gray, PhD, who co-authored the
document. Dr. Gray is editor-in-chief of the Journal of Wound, Ostomy
and Continence Nursing; professor and nurse practitioner at
University of Virginia-Charlottesville; and past president of both the
Society of Urologic Nurses and Associates (SUNA) and Certification Board
for Urologic Nurses and Associates (CBUNA).
Medical adhesives are a component of a variety of products including
tapes, dressings, electrodes, ostomy supplies and patches. They provide
securement for both critical and noncritical devices and products,
facilitate skin protection and healing, and allow noninvasive monitoring.
3M’s unmatched leadership in adhesives – the company introduced masking
tape in 1925 – led to the debut of the first hypoallergenic surgical
tape in 1960. Today 3M offers a full line of proprietary medical tapes.
Product overviews and additional information is available through the Medical
Tapes section of the 3M Health Care website.
“As the industry leader in medical adhesives we feel it is important to
help drive understanding of the impact of medical adhesives on patient
care,” said Bill Cruise, vice president and general manager, 3M Critical
& Chronic Care Solutions. “This effort has been a productive and
substantive coming together of a diverse group of experts with common
goals. We’ve welcomed the opportunity to support such an effort.”
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Komisar. Who needs long-term care? Fact Sheet, Long-Term Care Financing
Project. Washington, DC: Georgetown University Press, 2003