Topical skin adhesive: Strong, safe, secure wound closure

Overview

Wound closure and healing are essential for achieving optimal outcomes for all surgical patients. The healing process is facilitated by proper closure of the surgical wound. Today, ongoing advancements in topical skin adhesives supplement the armamentarium of wound closure techniques. Therefore, the perioperative nurse should remain knowledgeable about the use of topical skin adhesives as a strong, secure and effective skin closure technique. This continuing education activity provides valuable information regarding the use of topical skin adhesives in surgery, specifically the family of butyl- and octyl-cyanoacrylate skin adhesives. The key clinical considerations in wound closure and the wound healing process are briefly described. The history behind the development of skin adhesives is provided, including a discussion of regulatory classification. The current indications and contraindications for use, as well as the advantages and disadvantages of topical skin adhesives are presented. The steps involved in the application of topical skin adhesives, including patient preparation and instructions are outlined. Finally, the clinical benefits associated with the use of topical skin adhesives as reported in the literature are discussed.

 

Objectives

Upon completion of this continuing education activity, the participant should be able to:

  1. Discuss the clinical considerations in surgical wound healing.
  2. Differentiate two types of topical skin adhesives.
  3. Identify the advantages and disadvantages of topical skin adhesives for surgical patients.
  4. Explain the steps involved in the application of a topical skin adhesive.
  5. Identify patient care instructions regarding the use of topical skin adhesives.
  6. Describe the clinical benefits of topical skin adhesives as cited in the literature.

 

Intended audience

This continuing education activity is intended for perioperative registered nurses who are interested in learning more about the different topical skin adhesives and their benefits and modes of application in the surgical practice setting.

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