I had a patient who was on blood thinners and prednisone. I d/c'd his IV. I applied alcohol to loosen up the tape that was holding the IV in place. When I peeled back the tape, holy moly, this older gentlemen's skin went right with it. I was so upset. Now I know the definition of paper thin skin. Bless his heart. He saw the horror on my face and said, "don't worry, honey, it happens all the time." His skin tears soooo easily. I still felt terrible. Do any of you know any other tricks besides alcohol to help loosen tape off?