The demand for medical adhesive tapes has been increasing rapidly in applications such as surgeries, wound dressings, secure IV lines, splints, and ostomy seals, among others. The rising number of surgeries and high demand for medical products in the Asia Pacific are the key factors contributing to the growth of the medical adhesive tapes market. The global medical adhesive tapes market is estimated at USD 6.64 Billion in 2017, and is projected to reach USD 8.76 Billion by 2022
Medical adhesive tapes are needed to hold on a wound cover, elastic roll gauze or non-elastic roll gauze to the wound. These tapes are used in every hospital setting from ER, ICU, IV department to physical therapy and radiology. An example of this type of adhesive is 3M Medipore Dress-It.
Pre-cut, easy to use
Gentle to skin
Available in 5 sizes
Made of a soft, highly conformable, non-woven polyester
Encourages tissue repair while conforming seamlessly to the contours of the body
Gentle and breathable to maintain skin integrity
Useful for securing wound dressings, and repeated applications where preservation of "at risk" skin is critical
Easy to handle, with or without gloves, without curling edges, or sticking to itself
Soft and porous dressing retainer with lengthwise and diagonal stretch
offers excellent adhesion yet is gentle to reduce risk of skin irritation
When repeated taping is needed
Anchoring post-surgical dressings
Used as retentive sheeting over gauze
Securing over areas where skin may stretch (e.g., edema, distention, hematoma formation or movement)
Pricing and Suppliers
Is it covered by Medicare Part B?
Medicare Part B (Medical Insurance) covers Medical Adhesive Tapes when considered medically necessary for treatment of a surgical or surgically treated wound. Medicare has guidelines that establish what is considered medically necessary and how often an item can be used.
Local Coverage Determination for Surgical Dressings (L33831) [Internet]. 2016 [cited 2017 Apr 30].
How can I purchase this product?
If you have coverage through Medicare Part B and your condition meets Medicare requirements for coverage, you may be eligible to have this product covered by Medicare. You will need a written order prescribed by a provider enrolled in Medicare, so that you can purchase this product at a Durable Medical Equipment store that accepts Medicare. You will need to pay deductibles and co-payment. The actual co-payment amount varies according to your state. If you do not have Medicare Part B or do not meet the requirements needed for coverage, you can find this product at pharmacies and medical supply stores. When available, please see pricing in "Other Stores" below.
The table below shows highest and lowest Medicare pricing across the country
|Description||Medicare DME co-payment Min / Max
|Tape, waterproof, per 18 square inches||
$0.07 / $0.09
If your insurance does not cover this product, you can purchase it directly from any store. A list of online stores and prices is provided below for your convenience. For updated prices, find it on the internet at https://woundreference.com/app/product?id=526
* Indicates whether store accepts Medicare or commercial insurance, but may not apply to this specific product. See coding, coverage and reimubursement for more information.
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