Wound closure technologies

New technologies for sealing tissues that supplement or replace traditional methods of wound closure. These alternate technologies include taping systems, synthetic super glues, energy-based modalities capable of melding tissues together and a variety of alternative technologies that can replace traditional sutures and staples.


  • ETHIGUARD Blunt Point Needle meets the Needlestick Safety and Prevention Act standards

  • A 2007 Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) bulletin states that8:
    — OSHA and the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health strongly recommend the use of blunt-tip suture needles in surgical procedures to reduce the risk of percutaneous injuries to surgical personnel
    — Employers in workplaces that use suture needles must evaluate their use according to the Bloodborne Pathogens standard of blunt-tip suture needles

  • The American College of Surgeons declared in 2005 that8:
    — “All published studies to date have demonstrated that the use of blunt suture needles can substantially reduce or eliminate needle-stick injuries from surgical needles.”


ETHIGUARD* Blunt Point Needles

Protect yourself and your patients—without compromising performance
Better protection from needlestick injuries

ETHIGUARD Blunt Point Needle is an innovative solution that helps protect you and your patients from needlestick injuries, providing you with a better needle option.

A solution to a costly problem

  • Over 384,000 healthcare workers in the US suffer needlestick injuries each year, putting them at risk for hepatitis, HIV, and other serious diseases

  • The annual cost of needlestick injuries to hospitals is approximately $258 million

    • The follow-up costs for high-risk exposure needlestick injury is almost $3,000 even if no infection occurs

A 2007 New England Journal of Medicine study report found that 99% of surgical residents had at least one needlestick injury by their final year of training—53% involving high-risk patients

Four prospective randomized trials have demonstrated notable benefits from use of blunt suture needles

ETHIGUARD Blunt Point Needles and conventional taper point needles both have a 12:1 taper ratio

  • Choose protection without compromising performance

  • Decrease the incidence of injury
    Blunt-point geometry allows for easy soft-tissue penetration

  • Minimize bleeding and tissue trauma

ETHIGUARD Blunt Point Needle does not cause any more additional bleeding or patient trauma than a conventional taper needle

Its heat-treated, stainless steel alloy delivers optimal strength and ductility to resist bending and breaking

Use with ease

  • ETHIGUARD Blunt Point Needle is proven to be effective and user-friendly

  • Increase precision

    • A ribbed and flattened body affords stability in the needle holder, for improved protection against slipping

"Though cost is often cited as a factor for not using safer devices, it is actually a savings when you consider the cost of treating the individual once a [needlestick] injury occurs.”

The value you need with the protection they deserve

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For many types of surgery, DERMABOND® can help make that recovery easier and more comfortable.
These include:

  • OB/GYN surgeries, such as C-sections where excellent cosmetic outcomes are desired, as well as the ability for new mothers to shower immediately and move about without the discomfort of staples or sutures

  • General surgeries, such as many abdominal surgeries, back surgeries, and routine surgeries of the face, neck, arms, and legs.

  • Cardiovascular surgeries, that may involve incisions in the arm or leg as well as the chest.

  • Cosmetic surgery, particularly facial incisions, on areas such as the eyelid and the nose where suture removal can be painful. No stitches means no "suture marks".

  • Sports surgery, involving lacerations that may need immediate attention, to help players to return to the game.


The adhesive material in DERMABOND® forms a strong microbial shield to protect wounds while they heal.

DERMABOND® wears off naturally during the healing process, which is usually completed within 7 to 10 days.

While you will not need an appointment to remove stitches, your doctor may want to check on your progress. Remember: only your doctor or other trained clinical professional can apply DERMABOND®.


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DERMABOND® is ideal for:

  • Wounds in areas where skin is not being stretched or pulled.

  • Exterior, hair-free areas of the skin and areas not inside the mouth.

  • The face, but not too close to the eyes.

With Dermabond, a laceration does not need to be poked with a needle to numb the area. TheDermabond seals the wound better, making infection less likely. The scar is smaller than with sutures.

And it saves time. It takes a fraction of the time to apply compared with sutures. Sutures also require an extra visit to remove them-Dermabond does not.


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3M Steri-Strip S Surgical Skin Closure

Important Features and Benefits:

  • Easy-to-learn, fast application

  • Unique interlaced design enables precise skin edge alignment and approximation

  • Non-invasive closure compared to skin sutures and staples

  • Enables clinicians to align and secure incision or wound edge segments quickly, easily and non-invasively

  • Good cosmetic results

  • Less infection potential than suture and staple use

  • Non-invasive skin closure that limits tissue trauma and patient discomfort

  • Skin closure for low-tension lacerations or surgical incisions

  • Adjunct to suture closures for higher tension wounds or as
    reinforcement for wounds after early suture or staple removal

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New 3M™ Steri-Strip™ S Surgical Skin Closure is a non-invasive, adhesive-based wound closure device designed to treat incisions painlessly and without the use of needles.

Steri-Strip S Surgical Skin Closure is indicated for primary closure of low-tension lacerations and surgical incisions. The device is designed for fast application with precise wound edge alignment and good cosmetic results. It is constructed of soft polyurethane pads and interlaced polyester filaments to provide a strong, secure skin closure. 

The device is available in widths from 10mm to 100mm and devices can be combined to achieve the length needed or to close a curved wound.

The large 40, 50 and 60mm sizes and the small 20 and 30mm sizes are used most often. Sizes may be mixed and matched. Devices such as the large 60-80mm are used on long linear incisions. Sizes such as the large 40-60mm may be used to close linear segments on curved incisions. The small devices may be used to close smaller lacerations, incisions or excision sites.

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