Hy-Tape & Securing Epidural Catheter

Patient Care Challenge for Securing Epidural Catheters

Stabilizing epidural catheters can be difficult with ordinary tapes. The ideal tape must conform to body contours, resist rolling, adhere to skin under adverse conditions, and decrease friction even when applies to edematous regions. A tape must accommodate underlying tissue expansion or shrinkage, yet remain securely intact. Reducing skin trauma and minimizing dermatitis are other highly desirable qualities.

Hy-Tape is a waterproof, flexible tape. The zinc oxide adhesive is soothing to delicate skin and reduces the potential for maceration and trauma. It is easily applied to any part of the body and conforms to contours, making it ideal for hard-to-hold areas. It will not roll or detach from either the skin or the dressing. Hy-Tape adheres well even under adverse conditions. Because it adheres even when the skin is wet, it is particularly effective for diaphoretic patients, such as in labor and delivery. In addition, it is flexible and has memory; therefore it will accommodate tissue expansion and contraction. Hy-Tape will adhere in the presence of moisture from beneath or above its surface without slipping or detaching. It is occlusive and resists contamination by fluids or bacteria.

Approximately 18-22 inches of tape is needed to secure an epidural catheter.

Benefits of Using Hy-Tape for Securing Epidural Catheter

  • Gentle, zinc oxide adhesive is soothing to delicate skin and helps to reduce potential for skin damage
  • Protective nature is ideal for extended-wear use
  • Removes easily without trauma to the skin
  • Conforms to body contours and will not roll
  • Adheres even under adverse conditions
  • Keep skin intact and healthy
  • Accommodates underlying tissue expansion and shrinkage
  • Occlusive properties resist contamination