Butterfly Wound Closures are thin adhesive strips that are used to join the edges of small wounds back together to promote healing. They are sometimes referred to as Butterfly Stitches, Skin-Closure Strips or “Steri-Strips”. They are commonly used to treat small cuts without the need for stitches or medical glue.
- Before touching the wound, it is important to wash hands thoroughly first
- Cool water or saline should be used to cleanse the area of debris and dirt
- Dry entirely before attempting to apply the butterfly wound closure
- Bring the two edges of the cut together
- Stick one side of the butterfly wound closure to one side of the wound
- Stick the other side down, still holding the two edges of the wound together
- Place additional wound strips on cut if necessary
- Whilst a protective dressing such as a bandage is not needed it can be applied if you choose.
The wound should be kept dry if possible and if it does not stop bleeding once the wound closures have been placed, it’s a good indication that they are not suitable, and you should seek medical advice. If after a week the wound doesn’t appear to be healing, seek medical advice. They are not suitable for use on joints that often move such as knees, hairy parts of the body or oily areas. They should be removed carefully and replaced as necessary.
- Less scarring in comparison to stitches or staples, which results in a less noticeable scar
- No pain to apply them
- Promotes healing
- Leaves no residue when removed
- Easy to care for
- Breathable material which offers ventilated protection
- Latex free
- Reduces the risk of bacteria getting into the cut and causing infection
- Cost effective
- Butterfly Wound Closures have been engineered to have SupaBond adhesive which provides superior adhesion and prevents lifting on the edges curling up.
- Easily accessible
- Hypoallergenic – suitable for sensitive skin types
- Neat and easy to apply. Anaesthetic isn’t required and no needle puncture marks.
They are perfect for supporting, securing, and closing minor cuts and lacerations or for post minor surgical procedures. They are an essential item for all first aid kits. Butterfly Wound Closures can be used to treat injuries quickly and efficiently which can reduce the risk of infection and prevent the wound from worsening. It is important to seek medical advice immediately for serious cuts or burns. If redness or discomfort occurs, discontinue use.