Researchers Create Ouch-Free Band-Aids

11/01/2012

Have you ever pulled a Band-Aid off and felt that instant rush of pain? Whether it’s stuck to your skin or the hair on your arm ,there’s still a certain inconsistency here. Bandages are supposed to help us get better, not cause us to hurt more, right?

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You would never put anything on this little guy that could hurt him, and now you don't have to!

A group of researchers from Brigham and Women’s Hospital have created a new kind of adhesive tape to alleviate this exact problem.

Apparently, in many neonatal hospital units, newborn babies were suffering after having their ultra-soft, baby skin removed from taking off a bandage.

The new tape, inspired by nature, comes off in layers. In certain cases there can remain a sticky residue; however that’s easily removable with just the rub of a finger.

Though it is unclear when this tape may come to your local pharmacy, the benefits are far-reaching. Research indicates that it’s not just young infants who are likely to suffer from traditional hospital bandages but other groups with thin skin as well, such as the elderly.

Keep your eyes peeled for this new and improved medical tape, and your future Band-Aid removal process could be a lot more ouch-less!

By: Jen Wolfe

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