First Aid Kits and Tips : Using Adhesive Wound Closures: First Aid for Minor Injuries

Hi! I’m Tracey Cullers on behalf of
In this segment, I’ll show you how to use adhesive wound closures on a small superficial
wound that has jagged edges. If you look here, there’s a little bit of problems with the
edges not getting close enough. This could create an ugly scar. We’re going to put
our gloves on. Anytime you touch a wound you need to have gloves on to protect the patient
and yourself. Adhesive wound closures look like this. You can open them up and it’s
difficult while wearing gloves, but you still need to wear the gloves. What you want to
do is hold the edges as close together as possible so that the skin can naturally heal.
You pull one strip off and you put it on the edge on the one edge. Take the next strip
and put it on the far edge. Then one in between. You cleanse the area the next day with just
slightly patting it with soap and water. After the several days, the Steri-Strips will naturally
fall off and the wound should be closed. If it’s not at that point, you should go to
your primary care physician.


  1. ALWAYS clean a wound first by washing it with clean water and then clean the surrounding tissue with Povidone-Iodine (Betadine)or a alcohol-wipe.

    Then asses the wound: clean, small and superficial wound: apply a band-aid, a dirty cut: go to your Physician or ER. The ER-doc will decide if he's going to use steri-strips, stitches or glue to close the wound. He could also decide to keep it open. If the wound is dirty, he will also give a tetanus-shot.

  2. Umm… You should never clean a wound with an alcohol wipe because rubbing alcohol can kill the skin tissue, (epidermis-dermis.) Furthermore, Iodine will sting the patient, & finally water is not a recommended source of cleaning. Use sterile saline if available & use soap ans water or water as a last resort to clean a wound.

  3. First, you always clean the wound first. When you put steri strips or butterfly closures on a laceration of this magnitude, you place them closer togehter & you pull the stirps towards opposite ends. (If one strip is being pulled down, the other one gets pulled up, etc.) If you pull the steri strips or butterfly closures all the same way, it can actually prevent the wound from healing properly.

  4. I mean use iodine-solution (betadine) which doesn't sting.Alcohol is indeed not to be used inside a wound, but for the surrounding skin.

  5. Yes, you can infact use an alchol wipe to clean surrounding skin, but it is better to use sodium chloride (saline,) instead. This just ensures that none of the alcohol solution from the wipe will get inside the wound. Alcohol will also dry out the skin.

    However, we both have different preferences on which too use, so if thats what your trained to use and/ or comfortable using, by all means use it. 🙂

  6. I would personally not put a strip at each end first. I would start at one end aligning the edges of the wound working towards the other side as if the wound was actually being sutured. I would also not be using cheap vinyl gloves either.

  7. A suggestion when applying Steri strips is instead of applying it to the edge of a laceration, start in the middle first. that way it will help close the wound more tightly, and you have less chance of having to re-apply the "edge" strip seeing as it can become loose quite easily if not applied tightly enough.

  8. The "H" in "adhesive" is silent you damn ignorant yank!!!!

    Damn americans hijacking the enlish language and ruining it.

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