I read your comments regarding incidence of wound infections with tissue adhesives. Are you using
GluStitch or Dermabond at your institution? I have the study you refer to and am willing to send it
to any of the recipients on request. Incidentally, GluStitch has been recently approved for sale in
the United States. We cannot actively promote it for wound closure however it is the same material
used in Canada and many other countries throughout the world for that same indication. The price will
be less than half of Dermabond. We also stumbled on some forceps made of "low" stick material
designed specifically for wound closure. Please let me know if anyone wants info on this.
Don Blacklock, GluStitch Inc.
blake bulloch wrote:
> Mick asked about a high incidence of wound infections with Dermabond. We have not seen many
> infections at our institution in Canada where it has been used for about 4 years. A study you may
> want to pull looked at the "Comparison of effects of suture and cyanoacrylate tissue adhesive on
> bacterial counts in contaminated lacerations" (Antimicrobial agents and chemotherapy, 1995; 2:
> 559-560). This was a small study done on guinea pigs that showed tissue adhesive to be
> bacteriostatic against S. aureus.
> Other than this study I have not seen any literature on the incidence of wound infections
> comparing suture to adhesive.
> Blake Bulloch
> Winnipeg, MB
> j. m. connors wrote:
> > Have folks been seeing a high incidence of wound infections with
> > Dermabond?? We had none despite a significant amount of usages, until
> > last weekend when we had 3. I have heard that Dr. Trott at Cincinnati
> > and the author of the text on wounds and lacerations has stopped using
> > Dermabond because of increased infection rates. He feels its related to
> > the bacteria being trapped under the glue rather than the poor wound
> > care which has been hypothesized by others. Thoughts??
> > Mick Connors
> > Knoxville, TN
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