Indicator Tape for Surgical Instruments

There are two basic types of “surgical tape”: tape used for dressing sutures and helping keep medical devices (e.g. IVs and oxygen masks) in place during surgery, and tape used to support surgery but not implemented as a part of the physical procedure. In this entry, we look at the second type of surgical tape — also known as “indicator tape” — and explore uses that can benefit busy hospital surgery departments.

Indicating Sterilization Protocols

In addition to using it to identify and consolidate surgical instruments, you can use indicator tape to identify sterilization protocols. For example, some instruments may need to be sterilized in an autoclave, while others may be cleaned in a different type of washing system due to materials or unique instrument geometries autoclaves aren’t designed for.

Indicator tape that identifies sterilization protocols must typically be removed prior to sterilization. However, replacing the tape can be quick and easy when you use a dispenser designed to hold multiple tape rolls.

Need Indicator Tape for Instruments?

If so, Shamrock Labels offers a wide variety of tape colors. In addition to offering great color selection, we can also provide you with custom tape whose dimensions and adhesive are designed for your specific instrument labeling protocols. We’ve supplied hospitals with indicator tape for over 45 years, giving us great insight into how, where, and why hospitals use indicator tape. Call us at (800) 323-0249 or fill out our contact form today to fill your indicator tape needs!

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