A Shropshire medical supplies MD came up with the answer to a “sticky” problem about the quality of today’s plasters put to him on prime time TV.
Waterproof plasters were “much more” substantial than those described as washproof or water resistant, he revealed to the Rip Off Britain TV programme which investigates public complaints.
Angela Rippon, Gloria Hunniford and Julia Somerville host the popular programme which was looking into a complaint by an Essex woman who said plasters weren’t what they used to be and didn’t stay on a wound for very long especially after hand washing.
Angela Rippon said: “According to former trauma medic Steve Bray, who now supplies medical equipment, she may have a point.”
The programme called on Steve Bray, MD of SP Services, a Telford medical supplies company, for his professional opinion on today’s “humble” plaster.
Filmed in his company’s large depot where medical supplies are delivered to the UK and across the world, Steve revealed that the adhesive on plasters had “changed dramatically” over the past 20 years.
The industry had moved towards skin friendly acrylic glues which were not as strong as the latex glues used in the past which left sticky grey “goo” on the skin.
“Plasters should not be worn for as long as most people think and changed ideally every 24 hours,” he said.
“You get what you pay for,” Steve told the TV programme revealing that less expensive plasters would not even last for a day.
“If you are only going to spend £1 on a packet of plasters, they are going to fall off within the hour. You are going to use three or four times as many. So it’s a false economy.”
Despite being “stress tested” for stickiness by manufacturers, soapy water affected the performance of today’s modern made plasters compared to their latter day counterparts, the programme concluded.
Steve, whose shop at their Hortonwood offices in Telford, stocks medical supplies for businesses and the general public, said there were about 50 different types and shapes of plasters on sale.