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Definition : Very long (e.g., several yards/meters) and narrow (typically 0.5 to 3 inches/12 to 76 mm) strips or bands designed primarily to attach objects or devices to the body. These tapes can be made of natural fibers, plastics, paper, or other appropriate materials. Most tapes are coated on one or both sides with an adhesive; nonadhesive tapes (such as umbilical tapes) are available. Adhesive tape is typically packaged in multiuse rolls intended for dispensing different lengths of tape for a wide range of general patient care applications, such as attaching various devices (e.g., bandages, peripheral intravenous [IV] catheters, nasogastric tubes) to a patient's skin or other surfaces, or labeling various items (e.g., IV lines). Dedicated tapes that have particular characteristics (e.g., hypoallergenic, waterproof, medicated) are also available.

UMDC code : 13979


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