Surgeons want to be confident, efficient and safe when closing incisions to provide the best healing results. The following factors are instrumental in closing a wound:
- Strength - First and foremost, a wound closure device must keep the wound closed. Both the surgeon and the patient want to leave the O.R. feeling confident the device used to close the incision will hold while the wound heals. From a clinical standpoint, wound closure strength is the key measurement when comparing devices, as it measures the ability of the device to keep an incision closed under pressure. High wound closure strength translates to lower risk of dehiscence, which means faster patient healing.
- Speed - Time is money in an operating room. An easy-to-use device provides faster completion of wound closure and less likelihood of a complication or delay. Elements that make a device easier to use include quick preparation time and the ability to cover longer incisions quickly.
- Surgeon Protection—When closing an incision, a surgeon’s hands should be protected at all times, whether this means utilizing protection from potential punctures or minimizing the use of sharp devices, such as those containing broken glass. Feeling secure that their hands will be protected during the closure process creates a more relaxed and safe O.R. environment for surgeons.
- Patient Protection – Some wound closure devices simultaneously close wounds and protect them from infection. Topical skin adhesives create a barrier through which bacteria cannot penetrate into the wound. With surgical site infections on the rise, the ability of an adhesive, used alone or in conjunction with sutures, to provide microbial protection for the patient is of significant importance. The larger the area covered around the wound, the greater the microbial protection.
Providing strong, quick and protective wound closure are the elements to create positive results for physicians and patients alike.