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Use of super glue to patch up injured players criticized

By Jimmy Chuang  /  STAFF REPORTER

The Brother Elephants baseball team on Wednesday said it had invested in proper equipment for the treatment of emergency wounds following criticism by doctors after the team’s trainer used super glue to patch a wound on pitcher Liao Yu-cheng’s (廖于誠) hand during a game on Sunday.

“We have invested in Dermabond and Coloskin. These two products were invented at the height of the Vietnam War and stop the bleeding immediately,” Yi said.

“We will use them in future to treat players’ cuts,” Yi said.

The skin on the thumb of Liao’s pitching hand cracked in the middle of a game on Sunday and began to bleed.

Team trainer Yi Su-hsun (衣思訓) used super glue on Liao’s hand to seal the cut, allowing him to continue playing.

Liao said later that he told his manager and Yi that he wanted to finish the game.

So Yi and the manager decided to use the glue to help stop the bleeding.

“It was my first game of the year. I really wanted to finish the job and do it well, so I asked Yi to help me,” Liao said.

After the glue story made the front pages of Monday’s Chinese-language newspapers, Liao and Yi’s decision became a topic of debate.

Baseball fans admired Liao’s spirit, while doctors panned the use of glue to patch up a cut as dangerous.

“Super glue contains high volumes of toluene. Anyone using the product in this way is likely to suffer from serious inflammation if the skin absorbs too much toluene, especially when there is an open wound,” said Kao Wei-feng (高偉峰), chief of Taipei Veterans General Hospital’s emergency room.

Kao said that Dermabond and Coloskin were not the answer, either.

“These two products are only helpful for small wounds,” he said.

“Taking care of bigger cuts and wounds is a job for a doctor,” Kao said.

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