The DermaClip Device
The DermaClip® device is a needle-free alternative to sutures, staples and glues that is composed of two pieces of adhesive joined by a polypropylene bridge. Available in 2 sizes, Regular and Large, the device is quite simple in design but quite advanced as a wound closure device.
DermaClip® is applied to the approximated edges of a wound and is closed by pulling the polypropylene tabs in opposing directions until the device locks in the closed position. By pulling the device closed by the tabs, the angled faces of the polypropylene bridge encounter each other, thus lifting the wound edges. This lifting action puts the viable dermis on each side of the wound back into contact. In other words, the design is intended to create a natural eversion of the skin edges on closure – eversion being the result a skilled surgeon seeks to accomplish, as it is widely believed that wound eversion is essential for minimizing scarring because it maximizes the chance for proper epidermal approximation.
DermaClip® Devices In Use
DermaClip® is Revolutionizing Wound Closure
Comparison of DermaClip® Against Traditional Closure Methods
The numerous benefits of using DermaClip® include:
DermaClip® Patient Outcomes
DermaClip® in the Operating Room
DermaClip® Closing a 3-inch Wound
Other Benefits of Using DermaClip®
In wound closure, simple time savings can have tremendous cost savings. On average, operating rooms cost $66 per minute in the US (avg. room fee is $62 and anesthesiologist fees is $4).1
Further, eliminating sharps can improve safety, thus reducing costs. Sharp-tip suture needles are the leading source of percutaneous injuries to surgical personnel, causing 51% to 77% of the over 385,000 incidents annually in the US. The average treatment is $596.2
1Shippert, Ronald D, MD. “A Study of Time-Dependent Operating Room Fees and How to save $1000,000 by Using Time-Saving Products”
2 Leigh, J, et.al. Costs of needlestick injuries and subsequent hepatitis and HIV infection. Cur Med Res Opin. 2007 23(9):2093-2105.