2nd November 2012
While normal medical tape is double-layered, the new tape has three separate layers. It’s made of a backing layer, an intermediate layer, and an adhesive that sticks to the skin. The weakest link is between the adhesive and backing layers, the researchers explain. When the tape is peeled off, it exerts less force on the skin than regular tape would. The adhesive layer stays on the skin, and can be rolled off and removed. A description of the tape is published in the Proceedings of the National Academies this week.