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Anaesth Intensive Care. 2002 Apr;30(2):208-10.

Adhesive properties of Micropore, Transpore, Leucoplast and Sleek.

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Department of Anaesthesia, Albury Base Hospital, New South Wales.


Adhesive tapes are a routine part of every anaesthetic. Until now there has been little clinical data on the efficacy of these tapes. This study compared Micropore Transpore, Leukoplast and Sleek to determine if any significant difference existed between the adhesive properties of these tapes. The tapes were trialled on bare skin, hairy skin, EMLA covered skin, skin with Benzoin Compound Tincture applied, and skin with Opsite spray applied. There was no significant difference in adhesiveness between Transpore, Leukoplast and Sleek, whilst Micropore was marginally inferior EMLA cream significantly decreased the adhesive properties of all tapes.

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