Cyanoacrylate as a microbial sealant : Examining the evidence.

Cheryl Phillips, Allyson Lipp, Iwan Dowie, Paul Harris

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This article examines the evidence base for the use of microbial sealant as a skin preparation prior to surgery. Firstly, using the steps of evidence-based practice the use of cyanoacrylate as a microbial sealant was explored. Next the evidence regarding the use of cyanoacrylate based microbial sealant was sought and then critically appraised. Having found evidence to support its use to be lacking in rigour and quality an argument is made for the omission of cyanoacrylate based microbial sealants as part of current preoperative preparation.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)88 - 92
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Perioperative Practice
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1 Mar 2011


  • cyanacrylate
  • infection
  • preoperative preparation


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