3M Steri-Strip™ Adhesive Skin Closures are versatile adhesive bandage strips used to close small wounds. All Steri-Strip Closures are breathable and sterile; they increase tensile strength of the wound, and lead to less tissue trauma and better cosmetic outcomes compared to sutures and staples1.
Clean and dry skin 2" (5cm) around wound.
Peel back package tabs to access the sterile Steri-Strip™ closures.
Remove and bend card at end perforation and gently remove tab.
Grasp end of skin closure with forceps or gloved hand; lift straight upward (90 degree angle).
Steri-Strip closures must be applied without tension. Do not stretch or "strap" Steri-Strip closures. Apply one-half of first Steri-Strip closure to wound margin and press firmly in place.
Using fingers or forceps pull skin edges as closely as possible. Press free half of Steri-Strip closure firmly on other side of wound.
The rest of the wound should be closed with additional Steri-Strip closures spaced approximately 1/8 inch (3mm) apart