Health economic benefits of cyanoacrylate skin protectants in the management of superficial skin lesions

Int Wound J. 2014 Aug;11(4):431-7. doi: 10.1111/iwj.12237. Epub 2014 Mar 16.


Superficial skin damages, including stage II pressure ulcer, skin tears and moisture-associated skin damages (MASDs) are common and constitute a significant disease burden to the health care system. A cost analysis was conducted by comparing a cyanoacrylate barrier film with routine care in the treatment of superficial skin damages in a chronic care facility. The analysis included 12 patients: four patients with stage II pressure ulcers, six with MASD and two with skin tears. Cost analysis was conducted comparing the cost of care 7 days before and 7 days after the acrylate barrier was used. The total cost took into consideration the time, products and supplies required to manage the skin problem.

Keywords: Cost analysis; Skin barrier; Skin tears; Superficial skin lesions.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Cost-Benefit Analysis
  • Cyanoacrylates / administration & dosage*
  • Disease Management*
  • Health Care Costs*
  • Humans
  • Pressure Ulcer / economics*
  • Pressure Ulcer / therapy*
  • Skin / drug effects*
  • Wound Healing / drug effects*
  • Wound Healing / ethics*


  • Cyanoacrylates