Date of Paper/Work

4-2011

Degree Name

Master of Arts in Nursing

Department

Nursing

Advisor(s)

Angelynn Grabau

Abstract

The goal of this paper is to summarize the best available evidence comparing tissue adhesives and tradition suture in the repair of traumatic lacerations in children. As providers caring for children, we want an efficient method of laceration repair that has the best cosmetic outcome. We want a repair without complications and to minimize the amount of pain and anxiety experienced by our patients and families. Numerous peer-reviewed, published studies have found that when used appropriately tissue adhesives are faster, less painful, and more economic than traditional suturing. Patients have fewer complications, reduced risk of infection, and excellent cosmetic outcomes. Overall the evidence suggests that using a tissue adhesive is a cheaper method of laceration repair and results in greater satisfaction for both the patient and the practitioner. Based on these comparisons, an evidenced based decision should be made.

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