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You can still get it:There are medical grade cyanoacrylates. They are often used these days for the final closure of surgical incisions. I've had it used on myself several times. At one time, JnJ sold a version in retail channels, but dropped it years ago, no doubt due to people using it wrong and ending up in the ER. Commercial superglues have manufacturing side products that aren't, shall we say, so great for human tissues. That may account for the eye rolls of ER folks - they have a mess to clean up, and a patient with possibly toxic reactions. And an improperly used hemostat is a good way to damage a vessel and make a surgeon's job even harder.
I would say that for us non-professionals, direct pressure on a wound, to stop bleeding and to avoid wound contamination, is about the best solution. Leave closure to professionals.
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I'd say you are more likely to get a horrified look from an ER Nurse if you stitched yourself together than if you used superglue.