Probably ethyl chloride or similar - http://www.gebauer.com/Products/Gebauer-s-Ethyl-Chloride-(1).aspxYears ago when I had my wisdom teeth out the nurse hit my arm with some kind of freeze spray so I wouldn't feel the IV going in (worked great). Does anyone know what that was? I'm buying the kit from staple kit from Cabelas, so I'd love to throw that in my bag with it.
The use of "crazy glue" is highly under-rated. I use it regularly in the ED. As long as the area being repaired isn't under too much skin tension, & bleeding's controlled, it'll do for most minor wounds. Consider that some orthopods are using it for skin closure after a total knee replacement..... much skin tension there.
As a surgeon I need to comment on the fact that there is a missing piece to this argument- we always place a lot of subdermal and usually subcuticular sutures. So yes, on first appearance it seems that wound was closed with dermabond (medical grade superglue). However, it is supported by multiple layers of suture. The Dermabond is used because it is convenient for patients in terms of dressing changes and hygiene- the patient can shower the evening of surgery if desired, with only a half-hearted attempt to keep the area dry.
So, for all you medical people out there: superglue is useful for minor lacerations, but often needs supported by absorbable sutures placed under the skin. Also, superglue does not "dry" by air contact, so there is no use in fanning the glue. Just focus on letting it harden, which is accomplished via a chemical reaction with a rate of polymerization unrelated to airflow. Stop the bleeding, irrigate with saline, pinch the wound edges together and apply at least 2 coats, 3 is better.
Regarding the OP: for a cheap local anesthetic for wound closure, surprisingly, liquid Benadryl solution (diphenhydramine) works. Don't inject it, just pour some in the wound and wait about 10 minutes. Then irrigate, debride mangled tissue and close (if appropriate). It's not as good as lidocaine, but it is cheap, available and legal. I had to use it on myself once, so I can testify that it reduced the pain by about 90%.
Clove oil has been used for thousands of years as a natural antiseptic and oral pain killer.I'm talking survival scenarios here...
Currently, I just drive to the doctors or the hospital, what I am talking about is a requirement if there are no medical facilities. what you call a shtf environment. At this time I would care less what is legal, but what is necessary for survival. !
Might be worth saying that ketamine also raises intracranial pressure; not a good thing when a head injury might be involved.Alcohol as a "general anesthetic" i.e. gulped in anticipation of surgery is a joke. It doesn't work unless you chug enough to stop breathing (not a plus in the field).
Ketamine is an excellent choice and is available through veterinary supply chains. It has a nice added effect for trauma in that it raises blood pressure.
AKA: Degrees of dead. Had more that a few conversations with anesthesiologists, amazing how close they can take you to the edge of the abyss. Crack your chest, saw off part of your hip, amputate a leg and you don't even twitch.Deep sedation or general anesthesia will be difficult without the right connections.