4. Wound closure generally starts at the middle of the wound. Steri-Strip closures must be applied without tension. Do not stretch or “strap” Steri-Strip closures. Apply one-half of the first Steri-Strip closure to the wound margin and press firmly in place.
5. Using fingers or forceps, appose skin edges as closely as possible. Press free half of the Steri-Strip closure firmly on another side of the wound.
6. The rest of the wound should be closed with additional Steri-Strip closures spaced approximately 1/8 inch (3mm) apart by (a) sequentially bisecting the remaining length of the wound with Steri-Strip closures or (b) applying Steri-Strip closures 1/8 inch apart until edges are completely approximated. If edges are not accurately apposed, remove Steri-Strip closures over the affected area (peeling each side towards the wound) and reapproximate the wound.
7. Additional Steri-Strip closures may be applied parallel to the wound, approximately 1/2 inch from ends (cross stays, railroad tracks). This may reduce stress beneath the ends of Steri-Strip closures, decreasing the risk of skin tension blisters and premature lifting of Steri-Strip closures.
- If tension is noted under Steri-Strip skin closures, they may be replaced under the direction of a healthcare professional.
- Lifted edges of Steri-Strip closures may be trimmed.
- However, when less than 1/2 inch of Steri-Strip closures remain on either side of the wound, one might consider gently removing the Steri-Strip closure and replacing it with a new one.
How to remove?
- Remove cross stays. Gently grasp and loosen the ends of the 3M Steri-Strip closure.
- Stabilize the skin with one finger. Remove the Steri-Strip closure low and slow towards the wound, keeping it close to the skin surface and pulled back over itself. Removing the Steri-Strip closure at an angle will pull at the epidermis, increasing the risk of mechanical trauma.
- As the Steri-Strip closure is removed, continue moving the finger as necessary, supporting newly exposed skin. When both sides of the Steri-Strip closure are completely loosened, lift the strip up from the center of the wound.
3M Steri-Strip Adhesive Strips User Manual
Frequently Asked Questions
1. How do Steri-Strip skin closures work?
Steri-Strip skin closures work by pulling the edges of a wound together, creating tension across the wound and promoting healing. The strips are applied across the wound and are a temporary "stitch" to hold the skin edges together until the wound heals.
2. How long does it stay on?
Steri-Strip skin closures can stay on for up to 14 days, depending on the location of the wound and the activity level of the person wearing them. They should be removed earlier if they become dirty or wet or start to come off.
3. Can Steri-Strip be used on any wound?
Steri-Strip skin closures are typically used on clean, straight wounds with smooth edges that are not too deep. They may not be appropriate for wounds that are very deep, gaping, or contaminated.
4. Are these skin closures painful to remove?
Steri-Strip skin closures are designed to be easily removable without causing pain or damaging the surrounding skin. However, removing the strips too soon or aggressively can cause discomfort and damage the wound.
5. Can it be used on sensitive skin?
Yes, Steri-Strip skin closures are hypoallergenic and can be used on most skin types, including sensitive skin. However, individuals with a history of skin reactions or allergies should consult their doctor before using Steri-Strip skin closures.
6. Can Steri-Strip skin closures get wet?
Steri-Strip skin closures are water-resistant and can get wet. However, excessive exposure to water or moisture can weaken the adhesive and cause the strips to come off prematurely.
7. Can Steri-Strip skin closures be used on children?
Yes, Steri-Strip skin closures can be used on children, but they should be used cautiously and under a doctor's or healthcare provider's supervision. The strips should not be used on infants or young children who are still developing their skin and may be more prone to scarring.