Here’s yet another example of how plastic is playing a key role in the healthcare and medical sector… Enter the 3M Steri Strips. These strips are non-invasive, (eliminate the need for annoying stitches) sterile and designed to treat low-tension wounds and surgical incisions painlessly.
3M Steri Strips are made of a porous, soft polyurethane pads and interlaced with polyester filaments. These polyester filaments provide tensile strength and secure skin closure for any length of the wound. They help enhance patient comfort and reduce the chances of infection. Patients can wear Steri-strips for up to 7 to 10 days and can take shower without any additional covering.
The 3M Steri Strip is a topical skin closure device that is fast, easier to apply and provides a time-saving option for medical professionals. Also, the unique design of the Steri Strip allows for more accurate wound-edge alignment. It is available in assorted sizes to accommodate various wounds.
In fact, incisions closed with these innovative strips failed to show any evidence of erythema (scarring or reddening of the skin).
Mr. Craig DiLorenzo, Business Director of 3M Skin Health says, “This innovative technology creates a new skin closure option with multiple benefits, including minimizing scarring, which is important to many patients who undergo various surgical procedures each year. We are pleased to introduce the Steri-Strip S surgical skin closure as part of our ongoing dedication to providing dependable, easy-to-use, skin-friendly solutions to the health care community.”
Breakthroughs in Healthcare Would Be Impossible Without Plastic
The use of plastic has made the medical procedure safe and simpler. Even the components of the MRI machine are created out of plastic. If these components were made of metals, then they would have posed a serious threat to the patient’s life as metal objects situated too close to the MRI machine could become airborne and fly towards the magnetized unit.
Take an example of eyewear. The use of plastics into the frames and lenses of eyewear has eliminated the need for metal or glasses. Even the contact lenses are made of plastic! What’s more, plastics are also used to create new and improved artificial limbs, disposable devices, tamper-proof caps, hearing aids, etc.
Thanks to the wide use of plastics in the medical field, people are living better, longer and fulfilling lives. What was unthinkable 60 years ago are now becoming a norm. Otherwise, who would have thought that it could be possible to treat a deep cut without any stitches!