Brief SummaryDermal adhesive glue is indicated for low-tension wounds. Advantages include speed of application for the clinician, painless application for the patient, and decreased tissue inflammatory response compared with sutures. Also, there is typically no need for a follow up visit unless complications with the wound occur.
- Gently pinch skin edges together
- Apply a thin layer across the laceration
- Allow to dry and apply a total of 3-4 layers before releasing tension
Alternative (Tissue Adhesive Tape)
An alternative is the use of surgical tape, also useful for low-tension wounds. Tissue adhesive tape is also an option for thin, fragile skin, such as skin tears in elderly patients.
- Quick, easy, and painless to apply
- No need for repeat visit for removal
- More resistant to infection than sutures or staples
- Not useful for high-tension wounds
- Difficult to apply on irregular wounds, convex surfaces or marked tissue laxity
- Will not adhere well to moist/hairy areas (ex. mucosal surfaces, axilla, groin)