Emergent Laceration Closure
July 01, 2008
Dr Crane and Mr Schoonmaker, who were at the campground, write that an inordinate amount of highway traffic resulting from a local bikers' rally prevented them from transporting the patient to a medical facility. Emergent wound closure had to be performed with available materials. After the wound was flushed, a household cyanoacrylate adhesive, Krazy Glue, was used to close the laceration. To add lateral support and to reduce the risk of wound dehiscence, Dr Crane embedded hair trimmed from the patient's scalp into a second layer of glue. To replicate wound closure tape, the hair was applied perpendicular to the laceration. Azithromycin suspension was available; 1 tsp (5 mL) was given initially followed by 2.5 mL daily for 4 days.