What are Steri-Strips used for?

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 Steri-Strips™ are slim adhesive strips which are used to close the wounds or minor cuts. They are  frequently used to hold incisions together after surgery. Steri-Strips which look like tape strips are placed across the wound to hold the skin edges together. They are also known as “Butterfly strips”.  Steri-strips are one of the best ways to avoid getting kelloid on wounds as it helps in preventing formation of scars. These adhesives are hypoallergenic and there is less possibility for infection and scarring than with staples and sutures. A sticky liquid is positioned on the skin to grasp the strips on. Steri-strips like scabs usually fall off by 10days but never try to open them up before time as trying to open at an incision site can introduce bacteria which can lead to infection.



Who manufactures Steri-strips?

Steri-Strips are produced by the 3M’s Nexcare Company. 3M provides a complete line of 3M Steri-Strip™ adhesive skin closures designed to make closures fast and simple with less infection potential than invasive suture and staple use. The non-invasive method minimize tissue trauma and improves patient comfort. Similar to Steri-Strips™, some other strips are also available from other manufacturers under different brand names.


What are other ways to close a cut?

  • Sutures are mostly known as “stitches”. Usually, surgeons use sutures that are alike, however stronger than thread. There are various kinds of suture material that are accessible. Normally, a surgeon selects the type of suture to be used based on individual’s choice. With the help of a needle and thread, the surgeon may stitch the wound.
  •  Staples are miniature metal clips that keep the wound closed. This method permits the doctor to seal the wound more quickly.
  •  Skin super glue. This is the skin glue that is applied by rubbing it over the cut while the cut is kept closed. Skin super glue has the benefit of being rapid and easy. Skin super glue is a best option for hygienic, straight cuts that are not too wide or under pressure.


How to use a Steri-strip?

  •  In order to attain better adhesion, at least 2 inches of skin around the wound is dried completely.
  •  Steri-strip should be removed from the Steri strip card and the card end tag.
  •  By holding the end of a Steri-strip, it is lifted upward from the card.
  •  With the help of the fingers, the edges of the wound are pushed together.
  •  Now the Steri-Strip is positioned across the wound and pressed firmly in place.
  •  Extra Steri-Strips are added across the wound until the wound is closed. The strips must be positioned roughly at a distance of one-eighth of an inch.
  •  Extra strips are aligned corresponding to the wound, roughly one-half of an inch from strip ends, to avoid untimely lifting.


What are the Advantages of Steri-strips?

  • Based on the studies, it is found that this technique of wound closure with steri-strips is chiefly successful when applied to children with facial cuts or scratches.
  •  Many pediatricians and mothers choose to use these strips as an alternative of sutures, for the reason that the strips cause less pain and nervousness in children.
  •  Steri-strips also minimize the visibility of scarring contrast to staples and sutures.
  •  Above all, the strips are effortlessly and rapidly applied.


What are the Disadvantages of Steri-strips?

Even though, steri-strips are very useful, there are also some disadvantages in this method.

  •  Steri-strips™ will not appropriately close wounds on an area of skin with a considerable amount of hair present, as the adhesive will not work in that area.
  •  Places that expel moisture, such as the palms or underarms, are not appropriate for the Steri-strips.
  •  As a result, if the strips are damp, it leads to an increase in the risk of infection or of the strips may fall off beforehand.
  •  Since, this method is for thin wounds, if bleeding persists after wound closure, the wound should be sutured by a physician. 
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