Medical tape protects delicate skin
Langer helped invent medical tape that is safer for newborns’ skin. Babies lack the outermost layer of skin, the epidermis, and therefore the medical tape used for respirators or monitoring devices for premature babies can cause severe damage.
According to the MIT News office, more than 1.5 million people suffer skin irritation or scarring from medical tape. Most of these people are babies or the elderly, who also have delicate skin.