What is wound glue and why is it used?

Disclaimer – This guide is intended for information purposes only. Professional medical advice should be sought before proceeding with any treatment. Wound closure using medical adhesive should only be performed by a trained medical professional.ย 

What is Wound Glue?
Wound glue, also known as tissue adhesive or surgical glue, is a special type of medical adhesive used in closing and healing wounds. Wound glue acts as a barrier that not only holds the edges of the wound together but also helps prevent infection.

There are different types of wound glues, including 2-Octyl cyanoacrylate (Dermabond), n-Butyl cyanoacrylate (Histoacryl), and 2-Ethyl cyanoacrylate (Leukosan Adhesive), among others. Each has its specific uses and benefits, and the choice of which to use typically depends on the nature and location of the wound.

Why is Wound Glue Used?
The use of wound glue has grown in popularity for various reasons, mainly due to its simplicity, speed, and patient comfort.

1. Simplicity and Speed: The application of wound glue is a simple and quick process, taking only a few minutes. The glue dries rapidly, creating an immediate seal over the wound, which aids in stopping bleeding and promotes healing.

2. Less Painful: Wound glue is often less painful than getting stitches or staples. This makes it a particularly good choice for young children or anyone uncomfortable with traditional wound-closing methods.

3. Cosmetic Outcome: Wound glue typically results in less scarring than stitches or staples. It’s particularly helpful for facial wounds where aesthetic outcomes are crucial.

4. Reduced Risk of Infection: The adhesive forms a waterproof seal over the wound, preventing bacteria and foreign substances from entering and causing infection.

5. No Need for Removal: Unlike stitches or staples that require a subsequent doctor’s visit for removal, wound glue naturally peels off as the wound heals, reducing the need for follow-up visits.

When is Wound Glue Used?
Wound glue is primarily used for minor cuts and lacerations that are shallow, straight, and not under tension. This includes wounds on flat areas of the body, like the trunk or forehead. Wound glue may not be suitable for deep wounds, wounds with jagged edges, wounds under tension (like those over joints), puncture wounds, or animal bites.

Wound glue marks a significant stride in modern wound management. It offers a quick, efficient, and less painful alternative to sutures and staples, with the added benefit of fewer scars and lower infection risks. Despite its many advantages, it’s essential to remember that wound glue is not a universal solution for all types of wounds. It is always best to consult with a healthcare provider for appropriate wound care and management.

The advent of wound glue underscores the continuous advancements in medical technology, striving for solutions that prioritize patient comfort and improved outcomes. As healthcare continues to evolve, so too will our methods for wound management and healing.

Leukosan Adhesive Wound Glue is one popular product used in Australia and is an invaluable tool for wound management. It has been specifically designed for closing minor wounds such as cuts and lacerations without the need for sutures or staples. This product offers a painless, rapid, and efficient method for treating wounds and promoting optimal healing. Here’s a step-by-step guide on how to use it correctly.

Before we delve into the details, it’s worth noting that Leukosan Adhesive is meant for non-emergency minor wounds. If the wound is deep, contaminated, or has a foreign object embedded in it, alternative wound closure methods should be considered.

Step 1: Assess the Wound
The first step in wound management is always to assess the wound. Leukosan Adhesive Wound Glue is intended for minor wounds only. It is not suitable for deep or gaping wounds, wounds on high-tension areas (such as joints), infected wounds, puncture wounds, or wounds with foreign objects or debris.

Step 2: Clean the Wound
Once you’ve determined that the wound is suitable for treatment with Leukosan, clean the wound thoroughly. You can use warm water and a gentle soap to wash the area, ensuring you remove all dirt and debris. Afterwards, use a clean, dry towel or a piece of sterile gauze to pat the wound dry.

Step 3: Apply the Leukosan Adhesive Wound Glue
Before applying the adhesive, ensure you have read the instructions provided on the product.

Shake the bottle before use. Hold the bottle in a vertical position and apply a thin layer of the adhesive over the wound. Remember, the adhesive should not enter the wound – it’s meant to cover the surface.

Avoid touching the applicator to the wound to prevent contamination. Apply the adhesive quickly and evenly across the wound, ensuring you cover the entire wound and a small margin of the surrounding skin.

Step 4: Let it Dry
Allow the adhesive to dry naturally for about a minute. During this time, keep the wound still and try to avoid any movement that could disrupt the seal.

Step 5: Monitor the Healing Process
After applying the adhesive, it’s crucial to monitor the wound as it heals. The adhesive will gradually peel off over the course of 5 to 10 days. However, if you notice signs of infection (such as increased redness, swelling, pain, or pus), contact a healthcare provider immediately.

Additional Points to Remember
Leukosan Adhesive Wound Glue is a great tool for managing minor wounds, but it does not replace professional medical care. Always seek professional help for severe or deep wounds.
The adhesive should never be applied to wet or damp skin. The wound area must be thoroughly cleaned and dried before application.
Avoid using the adhesive on sensitive areas such as the eyes, inside the mouth, or on mucous membranes.

Where to Purchase?
Leukosan Adhesive Wound Glue can be purchased from many medical and first aid supply stores including The First Aid Shop.

The following information should be provided to patients following wound glue application.




About Andy
Andy is responsible for the overall management of Paradise First Aid. Andy holds a number of Diploma and Certificate level qualifications in first aid and emergency care and has worked in both the private and public health services before making the switch to first aid education. Andy has a passion for Continued Professional Development and is a member of the First Aid Industry Reference Committee and the Australian Resuscitation Council (QLD Branch).

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