Originally Posted By Slufstuff:
Interesting topic. Can somebody post a more specific description of how this works? For example, if it is a pretty deep cut, do you attempt to pull the edges together like using stitches, or are you just filling the cut with superglue? I am trying to get a better handle on it before I try it myself. TIA
If the laceration is so deep that it goes well beyond the epidermis and into the fascia, adipose, or muscle tissue, super glue might be the last thing applied, but not the first. A deep wound needs to be bled and cleaned first, then closed. This often involves sutures, or sutures and glue.
I had a deep laceration closed on my hand this way, and I scrubbed it out with an iodine brush before they sutured and glued it.
With small cuts, I like to use the body's mechanisms to help me out, like internal pressure. I will squeeze the small cut in order to get it to push out any foreign debris, then wash it, but the 14psi internal pressure does a good job of expelling most pathogens if you let it do its work.
Once I wash it, I'll wrap an ice cube in gauze or a paper towel, apply it to the injured site while elevating, in order to get the flow to stop. Then I'll apply the glue and keep it elevated.
I keep glue in my aid bags specifically for this.
Gel super glue is easier to control than liquid, especially for applications in unnatural positions.
Good point. The Gel type is what I use now since it doesn't run, so I prefer it.