Little is known about surgical adhesives and their antimicrobial role. We assembled a team of plastic surgeons and microbiologists to investigate the role of Mastisol and compound tincture of benzoin, both very commonly used adhesives in surgery, in fighting infections. In summary, we show that compound tincture of benzoin and Mastisol manifest antibacterial activity against surgical-site infection-related pathogens, including methicillin-resistant S. aureus. (MRSA).
Antibacterial Analysis of Surgical Adhesives.
Joseph JM, Voldman A, Zoumalan CI, Lisman RD, Iovine NM.
Plast Reconstr Surg. 2012 Feb;129(2):402e-404e.