Re: Super Glue in 1st aid kits
Wayne Hill (whill@CBIS.ECE.DREXEL.EDU)
Fri, 11 Sep 1998 09:16:49 -0400
Just my two cents to the Super Glue thread. I understand that there is a
medical version of Super Glue for holding slice wounds closed. I don't
think the "over the counter" Super Glue is the same stuff. Sorry, I don't
recall where I read this and at the time I read it, it was still going
through clincal trials.
One of the things that worries me is that using this method in a wilderness
situation is one's ability clean/irrigate the wound so that you don't seal
in any infection once you glue it together. I don't know how well the
super glue works at sealing wounds (I'm not a medical doctor nor do I play
one on TV) but if it does a "Super" job and there is infection in the wound
I would seem that this would force the infection to go internal rather then
puss out of the wound.
Anyway, I keep Super Glue in my First Aid kit, but I use it on the pads of
the butterfly bandage. You know those things never hold with the glue that
comes on them. This way I close the wound without putting the glue in the
wound. Of course the glue is still in contact with the skin but I guess
that's better then in the wound. This works really well for me and leaves a
very small scar with no stitch mark scars.
Hope this helps,
ASM, Troop 165
Gloucester City, NJ, USA
Camden County Council
Lekua 77 Brotherhood
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