Tying It All Together
The baby was out, the placenta delivered, and now we had to repair the laceration. When my attending handed me the loaded needle driver, I was a little hesitant as I have not yet sutured living flesh. Without a problem, I was able to approximate the wound from one side of the tear the other. Having only practiced a couple suture ties on pigs feet, I was in unfamiliar territory and I had to let my preceptor know. Sadly he finished the job I started, despite my desire to learn.
This meant I would certainly be learning more on suturing techniques that night so I could be a little more prepared should another opportunity arise. I was happily surprised at the few things I did find and would like to share them here for those who may be a beginner at the art of suturing.
- Suture Basics - Website compiled by Boston University School of Medicine
- Suture Handling Videos - Website produced by University of Pennsylvania
- Knot Tying Kit - FREE Practice kit from Ethicon (Enter your information and they will ship it to you at no cost)
- Surgical Knots and Suturing Techniques - Book written by F.D. Giddings
Question of the Week
A 24-year-old man is involved in a motorcycle accident and loses several liters of blood. In addition to resuscitation with normal saline, physicians decide to transfuse blood products. If the patient has blood type B, Rh-negative, which of the following blood products may be most safely administered?
A. Type A, Rh-negative red blood cells
B. Type AB, Rh-negative red blood cells
C. Type B, Rh-positive whole blood
D. Type O, Rh-negative red blood cells
E. Type O, Rh-negative whole blood
Answer & Explanation