Cyanoacrylate No-sting Liquid Skin Protectant for the Protection of Neonatal Skin of Various Gestational Ages
Introduction Frequently, premature infants experience complications related to skin immaturity. Fully developed skin functions as a barrier against infection and caustic elements, but in premature infants, their immature epidermis and stratum corneum inhibit the skin’s ability to regulate body temperature, maintain water and electrolyte balance, prevent infection and protect against absorption of toxic substances. This population also has a variety of complications that require the use of medical devices that can lead to further skin damage. Skin breakdown is a common occurrence in the premature infant population. The fragile skin is also more susceptible to pressure and caustic elements. A breathable skin protectant is needed to support the skin’s natural barrier function, and allow for amelioration of the damaged skin underneath. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the use of a cyanoacrylate no-sting liquid skin protectant in neonates of various gestational ages.