Your patients' skin should never be damaged by medical adhesives.
Medical Adhesive-Related Skin Injuries (MARSI) can be a serious complication that can be prevented and managed. MARSI occurs across all care settings and age groups; yet, these injuries do not have to be considered an inevitable outcome of patient care. At 3M we provide solutions to help reduce the risk of skin injury including skin tears. Learn more about MARSI throughout this page.
We at 3M have an impressive history as a leader in developing the right adhesive for almost any application. Our team understands how adhesives interact with skin and uses that knowledge to develop products to address patient needs in today’s care setting. From critical tube securement tapes with products like 3M™ Durapore™ surgical tape to gentle tapes like 3M™ Kind Removal Silicone Tape, we have the specific products to help you treat your patients' conditions.
We offer exceptional tape and other skin protectant product solutions to clinicians around the world to help you select the right tape for the right application for your patients to help you reduce the risk of MARSI.
MARSI often occurs through improper selection, application or removal of medical adhesives, causing unnecessary pain, compromising skin integrity, and increasing the risk of infection. You can help reduce the risk of MARSI by following these basic steps:
1. Select the appropriate adhesive product
2. Properly prepare the skin
3. Apply the adhesive product using the appropriate techniques
4. Remove the adhesive product using the proper techniques
From Medical Adhesives and Patient Safety: State of the Science: “In an effort to define best practices for prevention of such injury, a consensus panel of 23 recognized key opinion leaders convened to establish consensus statements on the assessments, prevention and treatment of medical adhesive-related skin injury.”
MARSI includes various forms and types of skin tears – a separation of the epidermis from the dermis (usually related to friction and/or shear force). Our portfolio of products that can help reduce the risk of skin damage include:
3M™ Kind Removal Silicone Tape
3M™ Medipore™ H Soft Cloth Tape
3M™ Transpore™ White Surgical Tape
3M™ Micropore™ Surgical Tape
3M™ Tegaderm™ Transparent Film Dressing
3M™ Cavilon™ No Sting Barrier Film
3M™ Tegaderm™ Absorbent Clear Acrylic Dressing
MARSI can come in various forms. In addition to the above conditions, other types of MARSI include:
Allergic Contact Dermatitis
Irritant Contact Dermatitis
Tension Injury or Blister