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What is the best way to get excellent 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 were designed for the closure 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 is to be removed, a clipper should be used. 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.

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