scouts-l Mail Archive for May of 2000: Super Glue
John M. Ballenger (ballengerj@COMPUSERVE.COM
Fri May 12 2000 - 12:23:40 CDT
>> A number of years ago someone told me that "super glue" was originally
developed, during the Viet Nam war, as a way to close up battle wounds.
Does anyone know if that is true or just another urban legend. The reason
I ask is I was wondering if it would be a good idea to put some in a first
aid kit if you would be going on a long term backpacking trip where medical
help could be a day or two away. <<
This is true, and a number of backpackers carry super glue for this
purpose. I believe the name for the medical super glue is Demabond, and
that the manufacturer is named Ethicon. I think it is only available from
medical supply houses.
There have been debates in the backpacking community about use of super
glue to close up wounds in the backcountry. The conclusion seems to be
that super glue is a short term solution only, and that the wound should be
rinsed out first to make sure there are not pockets of bacteria glued under
the skin. Some have said it is not a good idea to squirt a lot of super
glue down into a wound because it is toxic, and they have recommended its
use primarily on the surface of the skin to close up a wound. Some people
feel that butterfly bandages are just as good or even better than super
glue for this purpose. I am not a doctor or a nurse. I am only passing
along hearsay which I have gleaned from various online discussions.
--John M. Ballenger