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By Bob Lesher on  2/6/2023

5 Ways Die-Cut Hydrocolloid Adhesive Tapes Help Wound Care

Hands in surgical gloves removing the liner from a hydrocolloid bandage. The out-of-focus background is of different rolls of hydrocolloid tapes.

Hydrocolloid adhesive tapes are a particular type of medical tape designed specifically to care for wounds. These tapes are made using a combination of rubber and gel-forming agents that absorb fluid and allow the tape to form a moist gel that facilitates the healing process and reduces the risk of infection.

Let's learn a little about what a hydrocolloid is and exactly what makes these special medical adhesive tapes great for making die-cut wound care products.

What is a Hydrocolloid Adhesive?

In wound care, hydrocolloid is typically used to refer to special type of pressure-sensitive adhesive (PSA) tapes. Hydrocolloid adhesive tapes are used in wound dressings and other medical device components, such as the skin-facing portion of an ostomy flange.

Hydrocolloids adhesives are rubber-based pressure sensitive adhesives. What makes them unique is that they have particles mixed in which allow the adhesive to absorb fluid. The particles, which can be pectin or other biocompatible absorbent ingredients, will absorb fluid until they become saturated and form a soft, moist gel.  As a result, wound dressings made with hydrocolloid adhesives are quite conducive to moist wound healing and atraumatic removal.

There are many benefits to using die-cut hydrocolloid adhesive tapes in wound care products.

In this post, we'll focus on five of them.

Let's get going!

1. Moist Wound Healing Environment

Hydrocolloid tapes help to create a moist, sterile environment, which is critical for faster wound healing. When wounds are kept moist, they can heal faster than if left to dry out. The moist environment helps to soften and expedite the removal of dead tissue, promoting new tissue growth.

Avery Dennison Hydrocolloid Wound Care Dressings

2. Atraumatic Removal

Hydrocolloid tapes are designed to be removed without causing pain to the patient or damage to the wound. This lowers patient stress, reduces the risk of re-injury, and expedites the wound's healing time.

3. Absorption of Exudates

Hydrocolloid tapes are designed to absorb exudates (fluids) from wounds as they heal. This helps to reduce the risk of infection by keeping the wound cleaner and drier throughout the healing process. The tape's gel-like consistency also helps reduce the risk of bacteria growth.

4. Convenient and Easy to Use

Hydrocolloid tapes are designed to be easy to apply and remove. They are also waterproof, which means they can be worn in the shower or while swimming. This makes it convenient for people wearing hydrocolloid tapes to continue their daily activities while their wounds heal.

5. Cost-Effective

Hydrocolloid tapes are cost-effective compared to other types of wound care products. This is mainly because

  • They can be worn for several days, reducing the need to change the dressing regularly. This not only saves money, but it is also less painful and less disruptive to the healing process.
  • They can be die-cut to the exact shape and size needed for the wound care application, saving expensive material that would otherwise be cut off and disposed of.

Hydrocolloid Tapes - The Choice for Effective Wound Healing

Hydrocolloid adhesive tapes offer a wide variety of benefits to wound care. They create a moist healing environment, are atraumatic, absorb exudates, are convenient and easy to use, and are cost-effective.

Our specialty medical die-cutting expertise enables us to produce precision die-cut wound care products that meet your needs and requirements using the industry's best hydrocolloid adhesive tapes.

JBC Technologies & Hydrocolloid Medical Tapes

When using hydrocolloids in die-cut wound care products, it is important to bring in a precision medical die-cutter early in the project. This is because hydrocolloids require special handling and processing to ensure the best results.

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JBC Technologies has the right combination of expertise and experience needed to handle hydrocolloids and to produce precision die-cut wound care products that are both effective and cost-effective. Our team of experts will work with you from the design phase to the finished product, ensuring that your die-cut wound care products are of the highest quality and meet all of your requirements.

Let's get started on your custom hydrocolloid adhesive tape solution today.

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