(photo credit: ZipStitch website)
You fell off your bike and now require stitches. Or do you?
ZipStitch, a new iteration on DIY-doctoring, promises to prevent that Frankenstein-like scar without the use of stitches or sutures.
Here’s how it’s used: Clean the cut, put on the ZipStitch featuring four plastic zip ties and pull the ties to close up the wound. That’s all. If you do get it wrong, you can just take it off and put on another. And everything you need for cleaning, sterilizing and bandaging that cut is in the ZipStitch kit.
Made from medical-care polymer, which begins with petrochemical building blocks. Polyurethane (from toluene or benzene) is used in several different layers as a structural substrate and for protection, along with an acrylic adhesive (from propylene), polyethylene (from ethylene) straps, and carboxymethylcellulose (starts with ethylene) as part of the hydrocolloid layer. These building blocks mean ZipStitch is safe, sterile and strong. And you won’t need that expensive trip to the ER or doctor’s office.
The tech has been around for years in hospitals. The ZipStitch folks say the results are clear and better: faster healing, less scarring and less chance of infection compared to traditional stitches. The medical-grade polymer has been around even longer. In fact, modern medical care wouldn’t be modern at all without all the materials, bandages, and tools made from the polymers, which are made originally from petrochemicals.
ZipStitch works on injuries up to 1.5 inches long. So if you endure a gash up to that size while on a faraway hike, or when your fall off your bike or slice yourself in the kitchen, rather than heading to the ER, you can ZipStitch it yourself.