How to Use Plaster Strips

How to Use Plaster Strips
15 August 2022

How to Use Plaster Strips

What are plaster strips?

Plaster strips, sometimes called dressing strips, are functional and highly versatile pieces of wound care equipment. Where regular plasters such as hypoallergenic plasters, washproof plasters, clear plasters, and elastic fabric plasters, even in large or assorted sizes aren’t large enough, choose plaster strips for optimal customisation to cover any wound area. Plaster strips are ideal for a custom wound dressing, provided in large adhesive strips that can be cut to size.

Medical professionals and the NHS trust our adhesive wound dressings due to their quality and long-lasting, strong adhesion. They are available in washproof or fabric backing and a choice of sizes for optimal fit to a healing wound. Each medical-grade plaster strip offers ample space to cover large wounds and can be cut to the exact size you need for a tidy dressing. We use premium zinc oxide adhesive instead of plastic film to ensure a longer-lasting adhesion for complete protection.

For home first aid, domestic use, and retail suppliers, our Fabric Dressing Strip pack offers similar benefits, so you can easily provide customised wound dressings. Each fabric dressing strip is 7.5cm x 6cm to provide enough material to cut custom dressings or create one large dressing. They are flexible, breathable, and have the same zinc-oxide adhesive for a long-lasting application.

Both of our premium plaster strip products are produced to the same standards as our Steroplast Premium Elastic Fabric Plasters, which were voted best in the UK, so you know you can rely on us for the highest quality wound care products on the market.

How To Use Plaster Strips

Our plaster fabric strips are easy to use with clear instructions provided on the packaging.

Learn how to use plaster strips by following these steps:

  1. Gently clean the wound using sterile wound wash, saline, cleansing wipes, or under running water. Make sure to dry it and the surrounding areas thoroughly.
  2. Judge the size of the dressing strip needed to cover the wound. Take simple measurements with your thumb and fingers, or hold the dressing strip up alongside the wound to be sure.
  3. Make sure you don’t touch the wound once it’s been cleaned.
  4. Using clean scissors, cut a section of fabric plaster strip to the desired length.
  5. Apply plaster from the centre of the wound, keeping the adhesive edges from touching the open wound site. 
  6. Remove the paper backing from the adhesive edges as you go. Press the adhesive edges down firmly.
  7. Regularly monitor the wound and replace it with a fresh plaster strip as necessary, at least once daily. Make sure to give the wound a clean between plaster strips.

If there is visible swelling, secretion of coloured, thick fluid, itching, or heat around or on the wound, seek medical advice from a doctor as soon as possible.

Prevent Friction Blisters with Plaster Strips

When cutting plaster strips to size, you may end up with some excess waste adhesive sections of the plaster. These can be re-purposed to cover and protect areas such as toes or heels from rubbing and uncomfortable shoes. This is a similar process to using zinc oxide tape to cover blisters or sensitive areas, including verrucas. 

This method won’t be as effective as our specially formulated blister foam plasters, or offer any of the blister-healing benefits of our cushioned blister plasters or hydrocolloid plasters, but will help to reduce waste and provide a protective layer from rubbing. 

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