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HEMIGARD® Provider FAQ's

HEMIGARD®
Provider FAQ's

Problem:

Skin closed under tension is damaged by sutures.

Solution:

The HEMIGARD® optimizes the utility of sutures by protecting the skin from tearing and allowing sutures to be retained even longer.

Body Sites:

  • Forehead
  • Temple
  • Upper arm
  • Forearm
  • Lower leg
  • Ankle
  • Foot

HEMIGARD® devices have even been used to repair wounds with ripped edges from the use of unprotected sutures!

Prepare

Cleanse and degrease skin as per IFU.

Adhere

Place each HEMIGARD® strip with holes facing toward the wound.

Suture (Bolster)

Place full thickness suture through reinforced holes of each HEMIGARD® strip.

Finish Closure (Support)

Place additional wound closures supports (e.g. sutures, staples).

Mechanisms of Action:

The HEMIGARD® disperses suture stress away from the wound edge. Simulated skin protected by a HEMIGARD® ARS Device can withstand over 340% more tension prior to failure than unprotected simulated skin (see high stress zones in RED).

Device Placement:

The suture used to close the center of an elliptical wound is under SIX TIMES more force than subsequent sutureii. Using the HEMIGARD® reduces this tension and expedites wound closureiii.

Why not just use routine medical dressings to protect skin?

The HEMIGARD® is a novel design that enables skin closure under tension without shear injury and blistering.


i Roybal, L., Blattner, C., Young, J. & Lear., W. (2020). A novel adhesive suture retention device for the closure of fragile skin under tension. JAAD Case Reports.

ii Lear, W., Roybal, L.I., & Kruzic, J.J. (2020). Forces on sutures when closing excisional wounds using the rules of halves. Clinical Biomechanics, 72, 161-163.

iii Lear, W., Roybal, L.I., & Kruzic, J.J. (2020). Forces on sutures when closing excisional wounds using the rules of halves. Clinical Biomechanics, 72, 161-163.

Relax & Close, More Wounds, More Simply.

Making wound closure easier for surgeons and better for patients.

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