Use of tissue adhesive as a field expedient barrier dressing for hand wounds in disaster responders

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Injuries sustained by disaster responders can impede the affected individuals' ability to perform critical functions and often require the redirection of already scarce resources. Soft-tissue injuries to the hand are commonly experienced by disaster workers and even seemingly mild lacerations can pose the potential for significant complications in such hazard-filled environments. In this report, the authors describe their experience utilizing tissue adhesive to create a functional and effective barrier dressing for a hand injury sustained by a responder at the West, Texas USA fertilizer plant explosion. This technique of wound management allowed the patient to continue performing essential onsite functions for a sustained period following the explosion and the subsequent investigative processes. At the 30-day follow-up, the wound was well healed and without complications. This technique proved to be a valuable method of field expedient wound management and is worthy of consideration in similar future circumstances.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)107-109
Number of pages3
JournalPrehospital and disaster medicine
Issue number1
StatePublished - Feb 1 2014


  • disaster responder injuries
  • extended operations medical care
  • wound adhesive

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Emergency Medicine
  • Emergency


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