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What is the best way to get successful adhesion of Steri-Strips Skin Closures?

Steri-Strip skin closures adhere best to clean, dry skin. This is accomplished by ensuring that bleeding is under control and cleaning the skin with saline or alcohol to remove oils or exudates, followed by gentle drying of the skin surface. Steri-Strip closures have a "pressure-sensitive" acrylate adhesive. Steri-Strip skin closures are designed for the treatment of low-tension wounds. They are contraindicated using high-tension wounds that cannot easily be approximated with fingers or forceps, or infected wounds.

What can I do to protect very fragile skin?

Apply the skin closure to dry, clean skin that is free of chemicals. If hair needs to be removed, the user should use a clipper. To further protect from adhesive trauma, a skin barrier may be applied and allowed to dry thoroughly before applying the skin closure. Avoid chemicals designed to increase adhesion. To reduce the risk of skin-stripping, gently remove steri-strip skin closures "low and slow" towards the center of the wound while supporting the skin.

If the ends of the Steri-Strips Skin Closures begin to loosen, should they be trimmed?

Yes. Once the edges on the Steri-Strips Skin Closures begin to loosen, a skin closure strip is more likely to come off than if it is intact. When the loosened ends of the strip are trimmed so that they do not catch on clothing, the duration of adherence is extended. However, when less than 1/2 inch of the strip remains on either side of the wound, health care providers may want to consider gently removing the strip and replacing it with a new strip.

Can I get Steri-Strips Skin Closures wet?

Unless contraindicated, you may shower 24 hours after the Steri-Strip skin closures application. Then pat the strips dry. However, some studies indicate that strip adherence may be improved when bathing is limited.

Do Steri-Strips Skin Closures contain latex?

No. Neither the packaging nor the Steri-Strips Skin Closures contain natural rubber latex.

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