SpiderTech Develops Product to Protect Healthcare Workers from their Protective Masks

TORONTO, March 31, 2020 /PRNewswire/ - Face masks have become the first line of defense for health care professionals around the globe battling COVID-19. Yet through prolonged use, that same protective equipment may be putting them at further risk. In response, an unlikely company has come to the rescue. Its name is SpiderTech. Their medical team has developed a new kinesiology tape to prevent the skin abrasions that can become gateways to any number of health problems.

Protect the sensitive skin on your face with a gentle kinesiology mini i-STRIPS from Spidertech. Due to the recent pandemic, our Healthcare Professionals are under the toughest conditions. They have no choice but to wear a face mask for protection. Prolonged use of facemask is taking its toll on their skin and face. Now there is a solution to face mask skin damage & irritation. By combining masks with our gentle Kinesiololgy tape, you can protect your skin! (CNW Group/SpiderTech)

SpiderTech is the pioneer behind precut kinesiology tape, which is used by athletes worldwide to take pressure off overused muscles and reduce pain. This new version, a 100% cotton breathable tape, was developed specifically to protect the faces of medical professionals and first responders forced to wear masks for long periods. Users apply one to three strips of the pre-cut tape, called Gentle Mini iSTRIPs, over the bridge of their nose or in a triangle pattern around the nose and mouth to relieve the pressure of surgical masks' elastic bands. The gel-like acrylic adhesive on the strip maintains a seal on the skin without irritation and can be removed painlessly. https://youtu.be/PdjDqxuzG8c

"We saw images of nurses and doctors on news and social media bearing cuts, bruises and friction marks from their masks and knew we had to do something for these brave caregivers," said Dr. Nick Martichenko, SpiderTech. "Our kinesiology tape acts as a barrier between the user's face and their mask or eye wear. Besides discomfort, broken skin caused by masks can open the door to very serious health complications."

In fact, according to wound-care experts, open wounds under a medical face mask can become a portal for coronavirus to penetrate the body and allow other hospital-acquired infections access to the circulatory system.

Gentle Mini iSTRIPs are applied directly to the face under the worker's PPE. It can be left on for multiple days and the user's PPE can be worn or removed without affecting the protective base.

SpiderTech has also devised wide-roll kinesiology tape that can be applied on top of face strips to create a do-it-yourself mask. The user can place any piece of filter material behind the tape for added protection.

Founded in 2009, SpiderTech is a division of NUCAP Industries with a 25 year successful track record in development of safety-related products. Visit www.SpiderTech.com

SpiderTech is the originator of the pre-cut kinesiology tape and is a technology that is Engineered for Movement providing fast targeted pain relief and enhanced performance. Developed and tested by medical professionals, and battle-proven by world-class athletes, SpiderTech is the easiest tape to apply so it can be used by anyone. SpiderTech can be applied anywhere on the human skin including face as protection. (CNW Group/SpiderTech)
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