Hey permies, I wasn't sure where to put this, but since it was touted as being good in a first aid kit I'll plunk it down here. The medical field has been looking for alternatives to stitches, I'm not sure exactly why other than the inconsistency of stitches between doctors, or the inconsistency in scarring. anyway, one of the things that have been brought about because of this is the idea of a 'flesh zipper'. you attach part to the skin on either side of the cut with medical adhesive, then just pull it together using the ties, not unlike a cable tie.
After reading a bit, it seems the push from stitches is at least partially from an efficiency viewpoint, with thoughts on reducing time under anesthesia, or delegating wound closure from surgeon to other staff. Either way, I thought it was a bit interesting, though the zips themselves seem to be priced pretty high. ($45 for a small one off ebay). still a ways away from completely replacing suturing, but if you aren't confident in your suturing skills or wanted something in case an untrained person had to use your kit...
google 'zip wound closure' for more information. I've attached a picture of them using the zip thing, in case my description sounds too odd. apologies if it shows up completely horridly.
Interesting product Morgwino. I looked at various websites about it. Some things mentioned were less pain & less scarring. One site had several pictures showing various ways to close different types of wounds. It seems they are intended for moderate or less severe cuts. Thanks for sharing. Wouldn't mind having a few but I'm not going to pay that much for one. Might be great for someone with young kids around. Cayenne pepper or quickclot & some duct tape work too:)
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I carry skin staplers in my kit, and super glue. Looking at the zip tie affair it seems that the one way lock stands up quite high, I can just see myself hitting that higher block and saying ouch. Suturing is a handy skill to have, staples are easier if self administering.
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