Evaluation of a pectin-based barrier under tape to protect neonatal skin

J Obstet Gynecol Neonatal Nurs. 1986 Jan-Feb;15(1):39-44. doi: 10.1111/j.1552-6909.1986.tb01365.x.


The use of a pectin-based barrier between tape and skin as a method of minimizing epidermal stripping while keeping monitoring equipment and other devices securely attached to infants was evaluated. From 45 subjects, 199 application/removal procedures were recorded. The pectin-based barrier under tape held appliances securely for an average of 5.5 days (range 1-23 days). In 72% of the observations, the barrier was removed for nonadhesive-related reasons. Skin condition remained grossly normal in 97% of the observations after the barrier removal. A pectin-based barrier under tape provides effective adhesion for certain appliances and protects neonatal skin from damage caused by tape removal.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Humans
  • Infant, Newborn
  • Infant, Premature, Diseases / nursing*
  • Intensive Care Units, Neonatal
  • Life Support Care / nursing*
  • Occlusive Dressings*
  • Pectins*


  • Pectins