Friday, August 29, 2008

Cyanoacrylate. aka super glue.

Matt said that it defined our generation.

I flipped over the bars, put my teeth through my upper lip. Teeth are fine. Everything is cool, just a hole and some blood.

We go home and think what to do. Stitches? Not sure if they can even stitch a lip this close to my mouth.

I do lots of internerd research and come up with "Dermabond." It is made by johnson and johnson, is used in hospitals instead of stitches, and seems like what I want.
Oh its like 400 dollars and you can only buy it online.

More internerd research leads me tothis...

Cyanoacrylate is the generic name for cyanoacrylate based fast-acting glues such as ethyl-2-cyanoacrylate (commonly sold under trade names like Superglue and Krazy Glue), n-butyl-cyanoacrylate (used in the veterinary glue LiquiVet), and 2-octyl cyanoacrylate (used in medical glues such as Indermil, Histoacryl, Dermabond, Nexaband, and Traumaseal). Cyanoacrylate adhesives are sometimes known as "instant glues". The acronym "CA" is quite commonly used for industrial grades.



So Super Glue and Dermabond are nearly the same thing, one is just FDA approved and has "2-octa" in front of it. I have no idea what that means. Standard Super Glue was used in Vietnam to seal guys up quickly.


The procedure took about 5 minutes. I cleaned the cut (again), pinched my lips together how I want them to look for the rest of my life, and then applied glue. 12 hours later, it still looks good. The glue hardened and turned white, which looks gross, but it is still holding.

Hopefully it doesnt kill me. "At least I will leave a beautiful corpse" - Otto from the simpsons.

5 comments:

brian said...

Super Glue = Good
Crazy Glue = Very Bad

Climbers use Super Glue to fix up cut fingers...part of the standard First Aid kit.

Conrad said...

Our version is Nexaband (I'm a veterinarian). As a climber and cyclist I've used it on myself a few times to good effect. Its good stuff and its in my first aid kit.

the guy who was banging your girlfriend while you were at my mom's said...

"2-octa" is a side chain of the molecule that allows it to bend instead of being brittle.

I used to sell the stuff. And yes, very much like superglue.

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