Nothing is scarier than injuring yourself during a hunting trip. Let’s say that you injure yourself at home and you need stitches: you go to the doctor, they apply those stitches, and you’re good to go. You’re all “stitched up” and you are ready to heal.
Now, if that happens in the wild, you only have yourself to turn to. You’ll be staring at an open wound, completely aware that it’s going to leave a horrible scar. You will also know full well that every predator close to you will probably smell that entire bloody situation happening – which is why you need to close the wound fast.
Under normal circumstances, you will have carried your first aid kit with you, packed with bandages and everything you need – but what if you need to stitch a deeper wound? Well, in this case, you might want to ensure that your first aid kit also has some zip stitches.
What Is the Zip Stitch?
The zip stitch is a rather simple, yet secure way of closing minor laceration and cuts by bringing the separated pieces of skin back together. It is quite an efficient tool when you cannot go to the ER to get stitches, and it is based on the same technology that is used in more than 50,000 surgical operations.
The device functions by placing it right over a medium-sized wound or cut, helping it close without having to resort to actual stitches – something that might be quite difficult when you are out hunting. The zip stitch surrounds the wound and seals it shut with the integrated zip-like pieces. This will hold your skin together securely, allowing your body to fill the laceration naturally.
The zip stitch may not solve every problem that you have, and it certainly won’t offer you the surgical quality performance that an ER doctor can do. Still, it will hold the wound in check until you can go seek professional medical attention.
Benefits of the Zip Stitch
Zip stitches offer quite a few benefits – but most people in need of them appreciate these stitches for the following:
· They are much faster than a suture, making them great for the moment when you need to close the wound fast.
· They can prove several times stronger than a suture when it comes to protecting the incision and preventing it from opening.
· Since there won’t be any staple track marks, the risks of scaring are quite low.
· The absence of staples and surgical suture punctures won’t allow for bacteria to get into your wound.
· There will be fewer complications to the wound.
· If applied correctly, there will be no need for home care, and you won’t have to return to the hospital to remove the suture.
Depending on the size of the wound, you may need more than one zip stitch. You should know that they can close cuts up to 1/8 of an inch wide and 1.5 inches long. If the wound is any bigger than that, you most certainly have to go to the emergency room. You may apply more stitches on a long yet narrow cut, but it may not do you any good on wider wounds.
So, in case of an emergency, these stitches can prevent you from bleeding out until you reach the emergency room, and they will also lower the risk of developing an infection. This is quite a convenient feature, considering that most hunting grounds are nowhere near a hospital. Plus, if you apply it correctly, you won’t even need assistance and you will be prepared for your next hunt.
How to Efficiently Apply the Zip Stitch
Zip stitches are quite easy to apply, in the sense that any family member may be taught how to use it. You do not require any surgical training to use this type of stitch, mostly because there aren’t any further punctures involved. Here is what you should do:
1. Since it is an adhesive bandage, you first need to stop the bleeding and dry the area completely if you wish for it to stick properly.
2. Remove the clear liner from the back of the zip stitch
3. Place the zip stitch in a center manner over your wound and press it firmly onto the skin.
4. Take away the paper frame from the zip stitch.
5. Hold the stitch in place and slowly pull the straps until you get tension. Make sure not to over-tighten the stitch. If you do so, you need to remove it and replace it with another stitch.
6. Cut the excess strap as short as you can, going close to the lock housing.
7. Cover the wound with protective dressing and allow it to heal.
Before applying the zip stitch, make sure that you wash your hands and get the bleeding under control. The gauze from your first aid kit can be your best friend here, as it will help you dry the wound. Clean the wound properly as well, to prevent infection from occurring.
Zip stitches are a hunter’s best friends because they can help you close a medium-sized wound without requiring assistance. They are very easy to use, making them ideal even as you are on-the-go, and the chances of scaring are very slim with these devices.
Jay Chambers – Pro Free Speech Writer, Disaster Survivalist, Business Owner. Believes in Resiliency and Self Sufficiency in an Increasingly Unpredictable World.