November 16, 2023 4 min read

Importance of Dressing Tape in Wound Care

Wound care is a sensitive and critical aspect of first aid, and using the right dressing tape can make a significant difference in the healing process. Wounds, whether minor cuts or severe lacerations, require proper attention and care to facilitate swift healing and minimise the risk of complications. Dressing tape, often underestimated, can play an important role in this process. Let's explore the significance of this essential tool in the context of wound care.

Here's why dressing tape is so important:

1. Secure Wound Dressings in Place: One of the primary functions of dressing tape is to secure wound dressings, such as gauze or combine wound dressings, in place. Properly securing the dressing ensures that it stays in contact with the wound and doesn't come loose, reducing the risk of infection and promoting efficient healing.

2. Protect Wounds from Contaminants: Wounds are susceptible to contamination from external factors, including dirt, bacteria, and other microorganisms Dressing tape acts as a barrier, preventing these contaminants from entering the wound and causing potential complications.

3. Aid in Hemostasis: In some cases, dressing tape can help control bleeding. When applied correctly, it can help compress blood vessels, slowing down or stopping bleeding from minor cuts or abrasions.

4. Reduce Pain and Discomfort: Dressing tape can help provide a cushioning layer over the wound, reducing friction and pressure. This can alleviate pain and discomfort for the individual.

Understanding the Different Types of Dressing Tape

When it comes to wound management, selecting the right dressing tape is crucial. Harmless NZ offers a diverse range of dressing tapes tailored to various wound care needs. Here are some of the key types available:

Clear Easy Tear Tape

1. Adhesive Dressing Tape Roll: Adhesive dressing tape rolls offer secure adhesion and are easy to apply. These rolls are designed to adhere firmly to the skin without causing discomfort, allowing for hassle-free dressing changes.

Fabric Medical Tape

2. Medical Dressing Tape for Wound CareMedical dressing tapes have been specially formulated for effective wound care. These tapes are gentle on the skin, ensuring comfort while providing the necessary support for the dressing.

Porus Paper Medical Tape

3. Paper Dressing Tape for Wound ManagementPaper Dressing Tapes are gentle on the skin and ideal for securing wound dressings on sensitive and fragile skin. They leave minimal adhesive residue behind when removed.

4. Wound Dressing Tape: Wound dressing tape is a broad category that encompasses various types of tapes used in wound management. This may include surgical tapes, adhesive tapes, and specialised tapes for specific wound types. 

Choosing the Right Dressing Tape for Your Wound

Strapping Tape

Selecting the appropriate dressing tape depends on various factors, including the type of wound, the location of the wound, and the patient's skin sensitivity. This is why we recommend having more than one type of dressing tape in your first aid kit. Here are some considerations to keep in mind when selecting a dressing tape:

1. Wound Type and Size: Different wounds may require different types of dressing tape. For instance, larger wounds may need broader and more adhesive tapes to ensure proper coverage and protection.

2. Skin Sensitivity: Individuals with sensitive skin require gentle and hypoallergenic dressing tapes to prevent any adverse reactions. 

3. Wound Location: Wounds situated in challenging areas, such as joints or contours of the body, may demand flexible and conformable dressing tapes to ensure a secure fit without restricting movement.

4. Water Resistance: In some cases, such as wound care during outdoor activities, waterproof dressing tape can be a valuable choice to keep the wound dry and protected.

5. Adhesive Strength: Consider the level of adhesion required. Some wounds may need stronger tape to ensure the dressing stays in place, while others may benefit from less adhesive options to avoid damaging fragile skin.

6. Ease of Removal: For patients who require frequent dressing changes, choosing a tape that is easy to remove without causing discomfort is crucial.

Best Practices for Using Dressing Tape in Wound Care

To maximise the benefits of dressing tape and promote efficient wound healing, it's essential to follow best practices. Harmless NZ recommends the following guidelines for using dressing tape effectively:

1. Ensure Cleanliness: Before applying dressing tape, thoroughly clean the surrounding skin and the wound to prevent any potential infections, being careful not to make the wound worse.

2. Proper Application Technique: Apply the tape firmly but gently, ensuring it adheres smoothly to the skin without causing any discomfort.

3 Regular Monitoring and Changes: Monitor the wound regularly and change the dressing tape as per the prescribed schedule to maintain hygiene and promote an optimal healing environment.


Dressing tape might appear insignificant at first glance, but its role in the wound care process is important. With Harmless NZ's array of high-quality dressing tapes tailored for various wound care needs, individuals in New Zealand can access the necessary tools for effective wound management and optimal recovery. Prioritise preparedness and ensure you have adequate supplies of dressing tape in your wound care first aid kit.

Choose Harmless NZ for your dressing tape needs and pave the way for efficient wound care management. Trust in the power of effective dressing tape to promote optimal healing and a healthier tomorrow.

Barb Hutchinson
Barb Hutchinson