Sutures 11 Checking sutures

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Sutures 11 Checking sutures

This subsection has text from an interactive multimedia training program on basic 
surgical skills called PrimeSkills in Surgery.
You can use this subsection on its own or follow the whole program (further details at the end of 
this subsection).

Correct material

An inexperienced scrub nurse may hand you a suture for another part of the operation.

Correct needle

A cutting needle may cut through a deeper suture line.

A round bodied needle will not pass easily through the skin.

A blunt needle is safer than a sharp one for abdominal wound closure.

Correct size

The wrong O or metric size may be given to you especially if the suture description is used rather than the suture code.

Correct length

An inexperienced scrub nurse may not tell you that the suture is short because of a previous stitch or tie, when a long length is


Correct construction

Rarely, you may be given a braided suture instead of a monofilament one, or vice versa.

Know your sutures and learn the codes of the sutures in use.

Correct preparation

Freedom from zig-zags, kinks and knots.

Pre-knotted when needed, for subcuticular sutures, for instance.

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