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'People Post-It' Takes the Ouch Out of Bandage Removal

Posted By ASC, Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Most adhesive bandage users know the discomfort of pulling skin and hair during bandage removal. Now 3M, the company that created Post-it Notes, has created a bandage with a different adhesive chemistry that does not pull when it’s removed. 3M’s 2476P Silicone Adhesive on Spunlace is unofficially being called a “people Post-It.” 2476P Silicone Adhesive clings more than it adheres to the skin, and in the words of Kris Godbey—senior technical support engineer for 3M Medical Materials and Technologies—that means, “Essentially, it stretches so your skin doesn’t have to.” Traditional adhesive bandages use an acrylic adhesive that flows into cracks and adheres to the skin. 2476P contains a silicone adhesive that is inert and will not flow or create extensive bonding with the skin. Because it does not bond, the adhesion level is constant and the adhesive comes away from the skin cleanly and can be reused. Godbey noted that acrylic adhesives still have their place when a strong bond is needed because of movement or the need to secure a piece of equipment.  However, 2476P Silicone Adhesive is ideal for dressings on wounds that are frequently checked or for dressings on delicate skin.

 

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