scouts-l Mail Archive for May of 2000: Re: Super glue for first aid
Robert Blau (rblau@MAC.COM
Fri May 12 2000 - 12:10:40 CDT
>From: Thomas Holland <Thomas.Holland@WEST.SUN.COM>
>Subject: Super glue for first aid
>Date: Fri, May 12, 2000, 11:51 AM
> To the career medical Scouters,
> 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.
There is at least a grain of truth to it. Last year my son stepped on a
clam shell and cut the bottom of his foot rather badly. The physicians
assistant used glue instead of stitches to put the flap back together. We
asked what it was. He said, super glue and an antiseptic.
Can't tell you whether super glue was developed for this purpose.
Can't tell you whether it would be advisable to use super glue right from
the hardware store for medical purposes.
Can tell you that hospitals use it, or something very close, today.