Newest Review: ... option I have come across. I either buy these of the roll of plaster strip which is equally as good. This particular plaster has 10 strip... more
Im not sticking with this one
Elastoplast Dressing Strip
Member Name: ClareM78
Elastoplast Dressing Strip
Advantages: Does the job and can be cut to the size you require
Disadvantages: Doesnt withstand the shower, not practical to carry around
Im not sure where these came from but they were all we had in the medicine cupboard a few months ago when I scratched my ankle badly and really needed a plaster.
About the product
This product comes in a cardboard box. The left-hand side of the box is a pinky-red and the righthand side is blue. On the front of the packet is a picure of the elastoplasts being cut with some scissors and the right hand size states the number of dressing and the length of each ones along with the statements - 'can be cut to size required' and 'strong adhesion'. The packet opens at the top, kind of how a cigarette packet opens. On the back of the packet is a diagram showing how the non-stick pad is in the middle of the dressing with the strong adhesive around the edges, which it claims is 'durable and breathable fabric for flexible comfort.' On one side edge of the packet are the manufacturers details and on the other edge a breakdown of what is included and instructions for use.
Within this packet are 10 dressings measuring 6cm in width and 10cm in length - the padded part of the elastoplasts is in the middle of the dressing and is 2.5cm wide and runs the full length of the elastoplast.
Using the product
To use this elastoplast you will require a pair of scissors (not included). You then cut the dressing to whatever size and shape you require. The dressing should always be applied to clean, dry skin. Once you have cut the required piece of dressing you peel off the shiny paper from the back and then stick the plaster over the wound. The backing paper is perforated in the middle to make it easier to peel off. You must ensure not to stretch the dressing when applying it.
I am not a big fan of plasters anyway and try to avoid using them when possible. However when it is necessary I usually use the plastic waterproof ones so the most obvious negative for me here is that these plasters are not waterproof and while they won't fall off at the first sight of water if you're having a bath or a good wash in the shower this plaster stands no hope of staying on.
In my opinion they would also not be a pack that you would carry round say in your handbag or car for emergencies as although they have the benefit of being in a strip so you can cut to your requirements, obviously you will need scissors to do this so unless you also carry scissors around with you (which I don't think most people do!) you will have a problem here.
This could just be me as I am not really used to wearing plasters but this elastoplasts felt to me very thick and almost heavy - I was certainly aware of its presence whilst wearing it which is not something I have noticed with the lighterweight plastic variety.
I am sure that this product is widely available in chemists/pharmicists/supermarkets but to give an indication Boots are currently selling this at £2.19/box and at the time of writing (09/10/12) they are also doing a 3 for 2 mix and match on healthcare. This price appears to be in line with similar products that Boots sell including their own brand so I don't think this is a particularly overpriced item.
In conclusion, this product came in very useful at the time that I needed it and when I had nothing else to hand. It worked perfectly well until I had a shower at which point it came off. Personally I would not buy this product but if it is all you have I would say it is definitely better than nothing.
Summary: does the job if its all youve got to hand