THERE HAS been no real advancement in closure of skin wounds for 200 years. Sutures are still applied much as they have been since the time of Napoleon. A little over a year ago, investigation was begun to determine whether or not plastic material and modern adhesives could be applied to this problem of wound closure.
A tape of polyester film affording extraordinary toughness and resilience was developed by a commercial manufacturing firm and coated with pressuresensitive adhesive which is nontoxic and which adheres firmly to the skin.
The finished product is perforated to allow egress of wound secretions. It appears very similar to the commercial Scotch tape found in drug stores.
Various tapes have now been used in approximately 1000 cases. Since the tape itself is still in the process of evolution and has been so since the beginning of the experiment, final results are not yet available. In