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MARSI: Medical Adhesive-Related Skin Injuries

What is MARSI?

MARSI is a prevalent and serious complication that occurs across all care settings and age groups, yet such injuries are generally accepted as an inevitable part of patient care. The annual cost to U.S. hospitals to treat tape-related skin injuries is estimated at more than $11 million.¹

With increased awareness, education and guideline implementation, you can improve the patient experience, help reduce health care costs and improve outcomes.To learn more:

Understanding and Preventing MARSI (PDF, 3MB)
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Steps You Can Take to Prevent MARSI Steps You Can Take to Prevent MARSI

MARSI often occurs through improper application or removal of medical adhesives, causing undue pain, compromising skin integrity and increasing the risk of infection. You can help prevent MARSI by following these basic steps:

  1. Select the appropriate tape
  2. Properly prepare the skin
  3. Apply the tape using the appropriate techniques
  4. Remove the tape using the appropriate techniques

MARSI Consensus Statements

Please request the complete Medical Adhesive and Patient Safety: State of the Science - Consensus Statements for the Assessment, Prevention, and Treatment of Adhesive-Related Skin Injuries.*

Download Your Copy of the Statement (PDF, 2MB)

Free CE Courses: MARSI

We have resources to help you learn about many aspects of MARSI including identification of injury types, protocols for patient assessment and proper documentation of MARSI. View online CE Courses:

Medical Adhesives Consensus Statements
Medical Adhesives & Patient Safety
Tape Selection & Best Practices
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3M Medical Adhesives

3M invented the category of gentle-to-skin medical tapes over 50 years ago, with 3M™ Micropore™ Surgical Tape. 3M continues to innovate adhesive products you know and depend upon.

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¹ Gannon, et al. Clinical Symposium on Advances in Skin & Wound Care, 2008
*The Consensus Summit was made possible by an unrestricted educational grant from 3M.

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