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How to apply Steri Strips

Updated July 20, 2017

Steri-Strips are adhesive skin plasters used to close shallow lacerations or surgical incisions. Steri-Strips can be used alone or with stitches and staples. These plasters are hypoallergenic and there is less chance for infection and scarring than with staples and stitches. Treating cuts with Steri-Strips is fast and convenient, but you should never treat a cut that is deep, infected, has jagged edges or has dirt in it that will not come out. If you have any of these complications contact your doctor to be treated.

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  1. Clean and dry at least two inches of skin around the wound for good adhesion. Compound Benzoin Tincture may be applied to enhance adhesion.

  2. Open the package. Remove the Steri-Strip card and card end tab.

  3. Grasp the end of a Steri-Strip and lift it upward from card.

  4. Use your fingers to push the wound edges together and place the Steri-Strip across the wound. Press firmly in place.

  5. Add more Steri-Strips across the wound until the wound is closed. The strips should be placed approximately 3 mm (1/8 inch) apart.

  6. Align additional strips parallel to the wound, approximately 1.2 cm (1/2 inch) from strip ends, to prevent premature lifting.

  7. Tip

    Skin should be free of oil and moisture to ensure good adhesion. Do not pull skin too tight when applying Steri-Strips. This can cause your skin to blister or loss of adhesion of the strips.


    Be careful when removing Steri-Strips. They may cause your skin to strip, or come off, when removed.

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Things You'll Need

  • Steri-Strips

About the Author

Temesha Aldridge

Temesha Aldridge started writing professionally in 2010. She is a medical transcriptionist who has written hundreds of clinical and surgical reports. Her knowledge in areas of health comes from writing medical reports for physicians as well as experiences gained from time spent as a medical specialist in the U.S. Army. Aldridge holds a certificate in medical transcription from Everett Community College.

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