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Significance and Use
Materials and devices that function at least in part by adhering to living tissues are finding increasing use in surgical procedures either as adjuncts to sutures and staples, or as frank replacements for those devices in a wide variety of medical procedures. While the nature and magnitude of the forces involved varies greatly with indication and with patient specific circumstances, all uses involve to some extent the ability of the material to resist imposed mechanical forces. Therefore, the mechanical properties of the materials, and in particular the adhesive properties, are important parameters in evaluating their fitness for use. In addition, the mechanical properties of a given adhesive composition can provide a useful means of determining product consistency for quality control or as a means for determining the effects of various surface treatments on the substrate prior to use of the device.
The complexity and variety of individual applications for tissue adhesive devices, even within a single indicated use (surgical procedure, which itself may vary depending on physical site and clinical intention) is such that the results of a single tensile strength test is not suitable for determining allowable design stresses without thorough analysis and understanding of the application, adhesive behaviors, and clinical indications.
This test method may be used for comparing adhesives or bonding processes for susceptibility to fatigue, mode of failure, and environmental changes, but such comparisons must be made with great caution since different adhesives may respond differently to varying conditions.
A correlation of the test method results with actual adhesive performance in live human tissue has not been established.
1.1 This test method covers a means for comparison of wound closure strength of tissue adhesives used to help secure the apposition of soft tissue. With the appropriate choice of substrate, it may also be used for purposes of quality control in the manufacture of medical devices used as tissue adhesives.
1.2 The values stated in SI units are to be regarded as standard. No other units of measurement are included in this standard.
1.3 This standard does not purport to address all of the safety concerns, if any, associated with its use. It is the responsibility of the user of this standard to establish appropriate safety and health practices and determine the applicability of regulatory limitations prior to use.
2. Referenced Documents (purchase separately) The documents listed below are referenced within the subject standard but are not provided as part of the standard.
D907 Terminology of Adhesives
E4 Practices for Force Verification of Testing Machines
Other DocumentAmerican Association of Tissue Banking, Standards for Tissue Banking Available from American Association of Tissue Banks (AATB), 1320 Old Chain Bridge Rd., Suite 450, McLean, VA 22101.
ICS Number Code 11.120.20 (Wound dressings. Compresses)
UNSPSC Code 42312005(Medical adhesives or glues for skin closure)
ASTM F2458-05(2010), Standard Test Method for Wound Closure Strength of Tissue Adhesives and Sealants, ASTM International, West Conshohocken, PA, 2010, www.astm.orgBack to Top