Skin closed under tension is damaged by sutures.
The HEMIGARD® optimizes the utility of sutures by protecting the skin from tearing and allowing sutures to be retained even longer.
- Upper arm
- Lower leg
HEMIGARD® devices have even been used to repair wounds with ripped edges from the use of unprotected sutures!
Cleanse and degrease skin as per IFU.
Place each HEMIGARD® strip with holes facing toward the wound.
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).
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.