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Fri Dec 7, 2018, 09:23 AM

Great invention for any first-aid kit.

I know this is a product ad, but I am not posting it for that reason.
I think of all the situations that this would be so beneficial. Just think of nature adventures with no access to medical and you have a big cut.

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Response to Equinox Moon (Original post)

Fri Dec 7, 2018, 09:31 AM

1. That is pretty clever!

My Dad was a true master at the art of applying 'butterfly' strips.

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Response to Siwsan (Reply #1)

Fri Dec 7, 2018, 09:34 AM

2. Good skill to have.

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Response to Equinox Moon (Reply #2)

Fri Dec 7, 2018, 09:45 AM

3. He was a high school football coach, so he got lots of practice!

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Response to Equinox Moon (Original post)

Fri Dec 7, 2018, 09:46 AM

4. Pretty damn clever.

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Response to Equinox Moon (Original post)

Fri Dec 7, 2018, 09:49 AM

5. Good thing, if it doesn't cost $40 for a 2 inch Zipstitch...

Subject line was written before Google searching to find that it is $30 for 1.5 inches of wound closure...

So I was exactly right in my estimation of how overpriced it is. There would be a profit margin at $5, but the medical industry is so over blown in gouging the masses that even simple things cost 8 times what they should. Every ad for medications on TV that I have ever checked are between $500 and $3000 a month.

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Response to LakeSuperiorView (Reply #5)

Fri Dec 7, 2018, 09:54 AM

6. Agreed it is way over-priced. It won't be long before we see lower cost ones follow.

I won't pay these high prices, but I would pay $10.00 for a pack of 3 for my first-aid kit.
No stitches for deep cuts, that is a great benefit.

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Response to Equinox Moon (Reply #6)

Fri Dec 7, 2018, 10:07 AM

7. $10 for a pack of three would be a good price.

Maybe a small, medium, large pack. And skip the ancillary crap, I already have that on hand. I don't need a super expensive alcohol wipe, gauze pad, or bandage packed with each strip. How the hell would you even use a bandage with this thing?

When one can buy micro zip ties at 10 cents a piece, a 5 tie zip closure should run about $2 maximum.

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Response to LakeSuperiorView (Reply #7)

Fri Dec 7, 2018, 06:08 PM

15. How many would it take to close the gaps in Trump's magnanimity?

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Response to populistdriven (Reply #15)

Fri Dec 7, 2018, 06:10 PM

16. I don't know that that they make zip ties with that kind of tensile strength...

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Response to Equinox Moon (Original post)

Fri Dec 7, 2018, 10:25 AM

9. Great idea, but...

You need to apply it to clean and dry surrounding skin. If you have a gash that big, how could you keep it dry long enough for it to adhere? (Obviously, I am not a doctor ).

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Response to jmbar2 (Reply #9)

Fri Dec 7, 2018, 02:27 PM

12. Stop the bleeding with pressure and some time.

Then, wash area with soap and water, dry, then apply the tape-closure.

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Response to Equinox Moon (Reply #12)

Fri Dec 7, 2018, 02:42 PM

13. Thanks - the more you know...

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Response to Equinox Moon (Original post)

Fri Dec 7, 2018, 11:57 AM

10. Another problem is that a wound large enough to require this device

is unlikely to be clean inside and it could trap bacteria that would very likely cause infection. It would be ok for an accident that happened where medical care is not available but the patient should be seen and the wound cleaned and treated as soon as possible.

My wife works in an emergency department. One evening a construction worker came in after work with his leg bound in duct tape. When she removed it, blood spurted out several feet meaning he had nicked an artery (with a utility knife). The accident had happened in the morning. He had wrapped it in duct tape and finished his shift with a cut artery before he came to the ED. That incident completely sold her on the value of duct tape as temporary wound treatment.

(Not medical myself but I get to hear about interesting cases from her work.)

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Response to Danascot (Reply #10)

Fri Dec 7, 2018, 02:43 PM

14. Although Zipstitch is cool, I also wondered how it's that much of an improvement over duct

tape. Most campers/hikers take a small roll of duct tape for the very purpose of closing wounds until they get to the ER. As you mentioned, a wound that needs Zipstitch is going to be dirty as heck even if you pour water all over it when you are out in the woods. You'll have to hit the ER ASAP no matter what, and duct tape does the job and is a helluva lot cheaper.

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Response to Nay (Reply #14)

Fri Dec 7, 2018, 10:12 PM

17. Yea, I was gonna say. Haven't they heard of duct tape?

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Response to Equinox Moon (Original post)

Fri Dec 7, 2018, 01:41 PM

11. Fascinating! Thanks for this info. nt

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