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What does the term "suture" refer to?
The actual medical device
What are the two types of multifilament (braided) sutures used?
Vicryl and silk
What does the term "stitching" refer to?
The technique used to close the wound
What are absorbable sutures?
No need for removal, natural enzymes will naturally digest/dissolve them
What are non-absorbable sutures?
Need to be removed at some point or left permanently
Single strand of suture material
Fibers are braided/twisted together
Types of absorbable sutures
Vicryl, gut, and monocryl
BRAIDED. Beneficial for closing and repairing muscle, fatty tissue, or dermis/subcutaneous tissue
MONOFILAMENT. Used to repair internal soft tissue wounds or lacerations. Scars really badly so its primarily used in gynecological surgeries
MONOFILAMENT. Used for soft tissue repair. Mainly used to close wounds subcutaneously
Types of non-absorbable sutures
Nylon, polypropylene (prolene), silk, and steel
MONOFILAMENT. Used to stabilize and strengthen soft tissue defects. Supports prolapsed organs and viscera
Polypropylene (prolene) sutures
MONOFILAMENT. Used in cardiovascular, ophthalmic, and orthopedic surgery. Also dental, microsurgeries, plastic surgery, and neurological surgeries. Helps avoid infection due to monofilament
Character of monofilament sutures and infections
Help prevent post-op infections due to monofilament fiber
BRAIDED. Used to close skin, GI tract, Casesarean, and subcutaneous tissue
Used in abdominal wound closure, hernia repair, sternal closure, and orthopedic procedures (cerclage and tendon repair)
Why is the palming technique used?
Greater range of motion
What is placing the suture into the needle driver with the assistance of forceps called?
Loading a suture
Why should you be careful to avoid grabbing the tip of the needle?
Has the potential to dull the needle
Should you start suturing a laceration further away or closest to you?
Start further away and end closest to you
Which suture requires taking two equally sized bites?
Which suture requires taking two unequally sized bites?
T/F: The worse the skin looks after suturing, the nicer the scar will be
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