Common Questions from Consumers
What is contained in the package?
Answer: There are two options for microMend products that are available to consumers for emergency laceration repair. One contains gauze and alcohol wipes and thus a kit for wound closure referred to as microMend Emergency Laceration Kits. The other contains only the devices and is referred to as microMend Emergency Laceration Closures.
microMend Emergency Laceration Kits contain Sterile microMend Devices, antiseptic wipe(s) and gauze. These kits include what you need to close a wound from 0.5” up to 3” (depending on the kit) without stitches. Great addition to your suitcase, backpack, toolbox or vehicle or first aid kit. Accidents can happen anywhere, be prepared.
microMend Emergency Laceration Closure Packs contain multiple Sterile microMend Devices to close wounds from 0.5” up to 3” (depending on the pack) without stitches. These multipacks are great to add to first aid kits or home emergency supplies if you already have antiseptic wipes and gauze in stock.
What are the most important things you need to know about applying microMend?
Answer: 1) The wound must be COMPLETELY DRY and free of blood or drainage, 2) the device must be applied according to the instructions. microMend is simple to apply, but the instructions must be followed or it will not close the wound and remain attached to the skin.
Should a bandage be used to cover microMend?
Answer: During the entire time that microMend is attached to the skin, a cover is required to remain over the wound including the microMend to protect the product from accidentally dislodging from the skin. The portion of the cover that comes into contact with microMend should not contain adhesive. Gauze or other non-stick dressings are ideal. If an adhesive-containing cover such as a bandage is used, it must remain in place until microMend is removed. Premature removal will dislodge the devices prior to wound healing..
Is the material used hypoallergenic or latex-free?
Answer: microMend contains metal Microstaples that are made out of medical-grade stainless steel (the same material used in surgical staples) and adhesive tape that is hypoallergenic and does not contain natural rubber latex.
Can a microMend device be reapplied if its placement is not correct?
Answer: No, the used microMend should be removed and discarded. A new microMend device should be applied in its place.
What is the shelf-life of microMend?
Answer: Consult the device labeling for expiration date and storage information.
Can microMend be applied to areas with hair?
Answer: Yes, except the scalp (unless the head is bald) or rarely in people with a lot of hair. In these cases, shaving is necessary.
How long should microMend remain in place?
Answer: microMend should remain in place for approximately 5 days for wounds on the face and 7-10 days for wounds on the rest of the body.
What happens if microMend falls off early?
Answer: It should be replaced with another microMend device if available. A bandage can be used as a substitute if the wound edges remain together and the wound appears to be healing.
Can microMend be used on fragile skin?
Answer: Yes, microMend has demonstrated excellent results when used on patients with fragile skin including the elderly and patients with chronic medical conditions.
Can microMend be used to close tears on the skin?
Answer: Yes, it is effective, but the wound and surrounding area must be dry. Additionally, there can be no more than one quarter inch gap between the torn and untorn skin.
What evidence do you have to support the use of microMend in patients?
Answer: Several clinical and case studies have demonstrated the safety and efficacy of wound closure with microMend in closing lacerations, skin tears, surgical incisions and open wounds associated with surgery. Please see Clinical Studies information page.