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3M Part #B1557 - Strip Wound Closure Steri-Strip 1/2x4" 6/Envelope Flesh 50/Bx, 4 BX/CA
3M Steri-Strip Blend Tone Skin Closures B1557 can be used when there is a need for a non-reinforced, gentle closure. It is barely noticeable and allows natural skin tone to show through, making it ideal for face and hand applications. These skin closure strips are made with a porous, non-woven backing reinforced with polyester filaments. Steri-Strip skin closures can be used in the closure of lacerations, surgical incisions, and following early suture/staple removal. The micro-porous material is strong, breathable, and comfortable to wear. The non-invasive design provides wound support and assists in increasing the tensile strength of the wound. Used properly, these strips also provide a better cosmetic outcome than sutures or staples. Product and packaging are latex free. Size: 0.5 x 4/ 12mm x 100mm. To equip hospitals with tools to implement infection prevention strategies, improve patient outcomes and reduce costs, 3M offers a full line of 3M Steri-Strip Adhesive Skin Closures that have been clinically proven in numerous studies to help stop surgical site infections at the most ideal time: Before They Start. For more than a century, people worldwide have looked to 3M for new products and ideas that solve everyday problems and make their lives easier and better. For decades, hospitals, clinics, and laboratories have trusted 3M as a dedicated partner supplying essential products designed to meet the unique needs of health professionals, thereby contributing to the advancement of better health practices, outcomes and quality of care.
- Light color blends with many skin tones for a cosmetically pleasing appearance.
- Non-invasive design helps reduce scarring and the risk of infection as compared to sutures and staples, providing less tissue trauma and better cosmetic outcomes (Reference on file).
- Sterile, breathable and comfortable to wear.
- Hypoallergenic adhesive.
- Less expensive than skin adhesives, sutures or staples (Reference on file).
- Fast application.
- Sterile, light beige skin closure strips made of a porous, non-woven backing coated with a pressure-sensitive, hypoallergenic adhesive.
Despite modern advancements in infection prevention, health care-acquired infections (HAIs) remain one of the top 10 leading causes of death in the United States and are responsible for nearly 100,000 deaths each year.1 Surgical site infections (SSIs) are the second most-common HAI, accounting for 20% of all HAIs among hospitalized patients. Post-operative SSIs are the most common healthcare-associated infection in surgical patients occurring in up to 5 percent of surgical patients.
- Steri-Strip Blend Tone Skin Closures can be used when there is a need for a non-reinforced, gentle closure.
- It is barely noticeable and allows natural skin tone to show through, making it ideal for face and hand applications.
1. What is the best way to get great adhesion of Steri-Strip skin closures?
Steri-Strip skin closures adhere best to clean, dry skin. This can be 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. Adhesion of skin closures will be enhanced if you gently but firmly press or stroke the skin closure strip during application so that the adhesive gets into the nooks and crannies of the skin surface. See application instructions.Steri-Strip skin closures were designed for closure of low-tension wounds. Theyare contraindicated for use in high-tension wounds that cannot easily beapproximated with fingers or forceps or on infected wounds.
2. Should I use a skin tackifier under Steri-Strip skin closures?
Compound benzoin tincture (CBT) may be used to increase adhesion of SteriStrip skin closures. Although, CBT does not contain iodine, it may be an irritant to some individuals and should not enter the wound.
3. 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 such as 3M Cavilon No Sting Barrier Film 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.
4. How long can Steri-Strip skin closures be worn?
Steri-Strip skin closures are usually worn until they fall off or the healthcare provider removes them. This usually occurs within 5 to 7 days for the Steri-Strip Blend Tone skin closures. Wear time may vary depending on area of the body, skin type, degree of friction to that area, etc. Some health care providers prefer to remove, and sometimes replace, the SteriStrip skin closures, on follow-up visits. The timing of strip removal and the length of continued reinforcement and support of the wound with skin closure strips is left to the discretion of the health care provider.
5. If skin closure ends loosen, should they be trimmed?
Yes. Once the edges loosen, a skin closure strip is more likely come off than if the strip is intact. If the loosened ends of the strips 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.