Re: Super Glue in 1st aid kits
Nat Davis (ndavis@VT.EDU)
Wed, 2 Sep 1998 09:48:31 -0400
Jim Moss suggested including super glue in your first aid kits:
>I know this sounds a little nuts, but six years ago I started using it for
>rock climbing injuries. Then I started for rafting and kayaking injuries.
>Those cuts never heal. On one rafting trip I was taking down the President
>of the Wilderness Medical Society and he recommended it's use to me. I even
>glued a couple of his cuts.
>Apply it sparingly and allow it to dry thoroughly. It immediately stops the
>pain and promotes healing.
>Wilderness EMT Instructor.
Thanks to Jim for this serious suggestion!
Based on my doctor's strong recommendation, I started carrying super glue
in my kit this past summer during my Woodbadge course -- when I had to
attend with a stitch in one of my fingers. I just read in my local paper
that a medical version of super glue has been approved for use in place of
stitches or staples. My doctor told me that he expects that most clean,
small (under 1") cuts that used to be stitched will probably be glued in
the near future!
As with any first aid procedure, super glue should only be used with
knowledge and care and after weighing the alternatives for treatment. If
the wound is severe enough to require stitches, the scout or scouter should
be transported to a doctor or a hospital as quickly as you can. Everything
changes, however, when you are in a remote site and medical help is not
readily available. Thats when advanced training, cool heads, and things
like butterfly bandages and super glue can patch an injury up enough to
permit the person to hold on until medical help can be obtained.
I strongly recommend that all scouters take advanced first aid training!
Most of the stuff in the Red Cross "Community First Aid" course and even
the First Aid MB assume that medical help is right around the corner or a
simple 911 call away. On many (most??) scout outings, this just isn't so.
Your training and first aid kit may literally be expected to save a scout
or scouters life.
Are you prepared?
SM, Troop 56
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City