This study was designed to compare the microbial barrier properties of common pressure-sensitive adhesives to medical-grade cyanoacrylate tissue adhesives (2-octyl cyanoacrylate and N-butyl cyanoacrylate).
No penetration was seen through any of the cyanoacrylate adhesive samples at 72 hours. In sharp contrast, bacteria penetrated 99.3% of the pressure-sensitive adhesive samples at 72 hours.
The authors concluded that medical grade cyanoacrylate tissue adhesives provide a superior microbial barrier compared with common pressure-sensitive adhesives. Consideration could be given to the use of these adhesives for the securement of surgical dressings.
Authors : Stephen C Waller 1, David W Anderson 2, Bart J Kane 3, Lisa A Clough 1
1 Division of Infectious Diseases, University of Kansas Health System, Kansas City, Kansas.
2 Kansas City Joint Replacement, HCA Midwest Health, Overland Park, Kansas.
3 Center for Transplantation, University of Kansas Health System, Kansas City, Kansas.