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An addition to your first aid kit - Steri-Strips

By Pratters - Posted on 31 December 2010

NB: Originally posted elsewhere on the Global Riders Network and appears via syndication.

I recently had foot surgery for an old sporting injury, they chopped out some cartilage and re-attached my tendon. The surgeon finally gave me a packet of the 'stitches' being used to hold the reasonably large wound together (so I could patch myself up at home). The 'stitches' are a product by 3M called Steri-Strips (

I'm not sure if you can purchase these in a chemist - I'd highly recommend a packet for any injury beyond a graze on the trail. Apparently these are not waterproof and I think a competitor may make waterproof ones.

In the mean time, I need to elevate my foot.


Thanks Pratters I used to carry them but have forgotten they existed. Another product I swear by is called "coban" which I think is also a 3M product. It is a stretchy self amalgamating (sticks to itself) bandage that comes in a roll similar to Elastoplast. Great for keeping gauze in place on open wounds or strapping fingers together.

Just take a roll of insulation tape Eye-wink You can fix anything with insulation tape.

hey Andrew ,you mentioned ankle surgery when we rode Menai, hope all went well and you have a speedy recovery.

I recommend OpSite Flexigrid. Its a waterproof film that sticks and feels like a second skin and you'll forget its even there (after cleaning out your wound with saline and gauze of course). You can get them from any decent chemist (

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