More developments in the field of wound closure, from the recent MDEA award winner, ClozeX:
ClozeX is a hypoallergenic, needleless, film device which replaces sutures, staples and glues for skin closure of surgical incisions and traumatic lacerations. These devices provide immediate and excellent cosmetic results without track marks associated with other methods. ClozeX offers a simple, fast, high-precision skin closure and greater safety in avoiding needlestick injuries. The product does not require a removal visit and provides patients with high levels of comfort. Its non-invasive design helps to avoid infection and other potential complications.
More detail is on their web site:
The device design consists of two pieces of interlaced, multi-layered, transparent films coated with medical grade, hypoallergenic, non-latex adhesives coated in specific zones. The adhesives are designed to affix the transparent breathable attaching pads securely to the skin adjacent to the wound and to lock the device in its final closed position. The device has six colored liners — three on each part. The liners are color coded red, white and blue, in sequence of liner removal, to simplify and enhance recall of the application process.
Once the color-coded liners are removed, the ClozeX provides a transparent closure that offers immediately visible results in comparison to closure with sutures or staples.
It looks like steri-strips on steroids. Apparently, ClozeX technicians need to be on-hand to supervise initial physician training with this device. The flash animation, however, really simplifies it.
More at ClozeX…
NOTE: This is the first post by Nicholas Genes, currently a medical student and soon to be an emergency medicine intern. We are psyched to have him on board! Welcome, Nick!