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Wilderness Environ Med. 2013 Mar;24(1):67-74. doi: 10.1016/j.wem.2012.08.004. Epub 2012 Nov 3.

Cyanoacrylate glues for wilderness and remote travel medical care.

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Department of Emergency Medicine, UC Davis School of Medicine, Sacramento, CA 95817, USA.


Cyanoacrylate (CA) glues are commonly used in medical and household repairs. Their chemical compositions have been refined over half a century, making some more suitable than others for creative applications. In remote settings where advanced medical care is not accessible, readily available CAs of differing chemical composition may possess an important therapeutic function. Within this paper we critically examine the published therapeutic risks and benefits of both pharmaceutical and hardware grade CAs when applied in acute care situations. Topics discussed include wound closure as well as the treatment of burns, abrasions, and blisters. Also considered are their chemical properties, toxicities, and potential off-label uses.

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