Basic Suturing

Lacerations are frequently seen in the primary care as well as the urgent care setting. Suturing is a key skill used to control bleeding, prevent infection, restore appearance and restore function. As such, it is an important skill in delivering Minor Injury or Minor Surgical services.

Split into 12 easily digestible chapters, the resource combines videos, illustrations and spoken narrative to present a systematic approach to ensure effective laceration closure.

Written and produced at the Department of Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery of the Leicester Royal Infirmary, this resource is an ideal preparative tool prior to practical training, as well as a refresher for qualified practitioners.

Chapters include

  • History and Examination
  • Preparation
  • Cleaning
  • Local anaesthetic
  • Surgical kit
  • Types of sutures and needles
  • Mounting the needle
  • Tying a knot
  • Interrupted sutures
  • Continuous sutures
  • Wound dressing

This video is aimed at

  • General Practitioners
  • Trainee doctors and trainee nurses
  • Medical students
  • Primary Care Nurses who deliver Minor Injuries Services
  • Emergency Nurse Practitioners
  • Walk-in Centers and Minor Injury Units
  • Out-of-Hours Services personnels

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