Steri-strips are 3M's Nexcare branded thin adhesive strips which can be used to close small wounds, generically known as butterfly stitches. They are applied across the laceration in a manner which pulls the skin on either side of the wound together. Steri-strips may be used instead of sutures (stitches) in some injuries, because they lessen scarring and are easier to care for.
The precursor to the steri-strip was Micropore Surgical Tape.
One of the drawbacks of the construction of steri-strips is the fact they are paper based, this means that their durability can be compromised if they get wet. Products such as Leukostrip have been developed that are made of a synthetic material that will repel water and therefore remain in place longer.
Steri-strips are ideal for use in highly contoured areas or areas of musculoskeletal movements, such as joints. They are also for use in areas where swelling, edema, hematomas, or bloating may occur. Additionally, they provide wound support following early suture or staple removal.
- Reinforced skin closures: These are sterile skin closure strips that are made of a porous, non-woven backing coated with a pressure-sensitive, hypoallergenic adhesive and reinforced with polyester filaments for added strength. They provide general wound support for increased tensile strength and finer wound edge approximation.
- Blend tone skin closures non-reinforced: These are sterile, light beige skin closure strips made of a porous, non-woven backing coated with a pressure-sensitive, hypoallergenic adhesive. They blend with and allow the natural skin tone to show through. They are for use in areas where a cosmetically pleasing appearance is desirable, such as the face or arms.
- "3M US: Nexcare Steri-Strip Skin Closure". 3m.com. Retrieved 2011-03-22.