Our clinical trials have identified a number of patient types who can benefit from Comfort Release:
- Pediatric patients
- Geriatric patients
- Patients on blood thinners, steroids, or any medication that affects the skin
- Patients with fragile skin or thin skin from any cause
- Patients who find other bandages fall off too easily, such as during bathing
- Patients who simply find other bandages are painful to remove,
- Patients exposed to advanced wound care products in an healthcare professional settings such as a surgical center, radiology center, emergency room or long term care hospital,
- Patients that need intravenous therapy in a physician office or acute hospital.
Comfort Release was originally designed to affix medical adhesive devices—drains, tubes, probes, electrodes, IV catheters and dressings—to sensitive skin. Because it drastically reduced both pain and tissue damage during wound management, we decided to apply it to commonly available consumer bandages and tapes.
- Easy Triggered Release – Comfort Release® reduces pain and skin trauma upon bandage or tape removal using rubbing alcohol; Leaves minimal to no sticky glue or residue when removed. Any residue is wiped off easily.
- Breathable due to tiny perforations in the fabric and backing material
- Water Resistant – Designed to withstand regular bathing and short swims.
- Long Term Skin Wear – Designed to be worn up to three days. While some patients report our bandages lasting four and five days, we recommend you replace them after three days.
- Transparency – Our clear tape is designed to be invisible on your skin, while our white cloth bandage looks like a typical adhesive bandage.
- Site Replaceable – Easy to replace or reposition on the skin using rubbing alcohol.
- Size adjustable – Our 1” wide tapes are easily torn to whatever size you need.
Comfort Release uses two types of backing material. The first is a medical grade polypropylene film embossed to make it tear easily, then perforated to make it breathable. The second is a cloth, nonwoven polyurethane film that allows alcohol pass through tiny perforations in the fabric and backing material. Comfort Release surfaces have been perforated to allow skin to breathe and aid healing. These perforations also allow the rubbing alcohol to reach the adhesive underneath.
The adhesive is a standard medical grade acrylic with high skin tack. Then we add OGS – a biodegradable resin poly(glycerol sebacate) to make it easily releasable with the introduction of rubbing alcohol.
There are hundreds of publications on the various uses of OGS. OGS is known to be inherently antimicrobial and non-immunogenic in many studies. We are the only company using OGS in adhesive bandages.
No. Comfort Release uses the same medical grade acrylic adhesive as other bandages, so you will likely have a similar skin reaction.
In the clinical evaluation of 100 adults and 100 children, there was no increase in the percent of patients who experienced skin reactions, skin irritation or skin pain from Comfort Release products.
In fact, there is a decrease in skin pain, skin trauma and skin irritation when using Comfort Release medical bandages and tapes when removed with alcohol. That said, people who have experienced skin redness from other adhesives will likely experience skin redness to Comfort Release’s adhesive.
To remove the Comfort Release, simply swipe the bandage or tape with rubbing alcohol for about ten seconds. When the rubbing alcohol evaporates, the stickiness will return so you can reapply or reposition the bandage if needed.
Yes. 100 adults, 100 children, and nine nurses participated in three separate product evaluations. When as compared to other adhesive products, Comfort Release improved patient satisfaction from as low as 6% (to 26% on some criteria) on existing products to at least 86% (and as high as 96% on the similar criteria).
During the three product evaluations, which included two focus group tests, no one complained about having to use rubbing alcohol.
No, but the rubbing alcohol releases the adhesive and makes removing the Comfort Release bandages and tapes easier. Wiping your skin with rubbing alcohol for ten seconds can also provide antiseptic benefits.
No. In fact, no adhesive should be applied over a skin burn. Rubbing alcohol should not be applied on a skin burn, although some manufacturers make 70% rubbing alcohol prep pads with a local anesthetic (benzocaine) specifically for that reason.
Apply Comfort Release bandages and tapes to dry skin only. As with most adhesive bandages, Comfort Release will not apply to wet skin. Once it’s been applied, we also recommend you wait at least 30 minutes before exposing it to water.
To remove Comfort Release, soak a cotton ball with rubbing alcohol (70% or 91% rubbing alcohol will work just the same) and swipe across the outer surface until the sample begins to lift from your skin surface, about ten seconds.
To minimize release time, make sure your bandage has been free of water for at least 30 minutes. For faster, easier release, hold the alcohol-soaked cotton ball underneath the bandage where the acrylic adhesive touches your skin and slowly peel the bandage or tape away from your skin.
Our medical staff does not believe that any type of bandage or tape should be worn for more than three days.
Comfort Release is water resistant but not waterproof. If you swim for more than an hour, the bandage will likely come off. If you exercise strenuously enough to sweat, the bandage will likely fall off.
Our goal is to provide an inexpensive answer to current wound care products with rapid trauma free removal from maximum adhesion to the skin.
We believe in cost containment by using the existing manufacturing process in the USA by using the same formulation of currently available adhesive products and purposely using an inexpensive trigger — isopropyl alcohol (simply known as rubbing alcohol).