Tape with Care: Selection and Best Practices
In this module, Beth LaVelle, PhD, RN, CEN, focuses on understanding and applying scientific principles related to medical adhesive products. She covers the selection and use of medical adhesive products as well as strategies to help reduce the risk of skin damage.
This module would be relevant for healthcare professionals in any care setting with an interest in best practices for incontinence and IV site care.
- Using knowledge of tape characteristics, select the tape which best meets the needs of the patient.
- Demonstrate how to decrease risk of skin damage by using good techniques to apply and remove medical adhesive products.
- Discuss how to avoid common taping problems.
Beth LaVelle, PhD, RN, CEN, has been a nurse for 36 years with a primary emphasis in Emergency Care. Dr. LaVelle is currently ACLS Instructor with Allina Hospitals & Clinics.
She was formerly Lead Site Educator at St. Joseph’s Hospital and co-chair of the HealthEast Nursing Research and Evidence-Based Practice Committee. Prior to that she was a clinical specialist with 3M Medical Division with responsibilities related to research and development of new surgical tapes, clinical evaluations of tapes, tape education, and troubleshooting difficult taping situations.
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