How to Perfect the Art of Suturing ?
Suturing is a skill that requires the significant amount of practice. If done incorrectly, it can cause a serious, life-threatening infection or may leave behind an appalling scar. Medical students are therefore required to master their suturing techniques so as to be able to work proficiently with needles and tissues. After all, wound closure is one of the most common afflictions in an emergency room. If you are a medical student who wants to perfect your suturing techniques, nailing precision and stitching techniques, here’s how you can go forward and learn to create quality suturing!
Choose the right equipment
Choosing the right surgical sutures and needles are of paramount importance. The professional must choose the appropriate suture thread (nylon, polyester, polyglyconate or other material) and needles and this should depend on whether he wants a deep tissue space closure, less wound tensile strength, less scarring and the application method. For practicing, it is advised to work with made for purpose suturing equipment. You can work with curved needles and hemostat instead of going with standard sewing supplies.
Stock up on the best dummies
As surprising as it may sound, fruits can turn out to be the perfect base to work on your suturing skills. The three most recommended fruits are peaches, green bananas, and grapes. Peaches are recommended because they are a great imitation of paediatric skin. Green bananas replicate the toughness of the skin, and delicately suturing back peeled fruit skin on to grapes is the great way to practice stitching up the thinner skin, especially for cases involving the elderly. You may also practice on meat pieces such as chicken breast to get a closer feel of suturing muscle tissues. Covidien’s braided sutures should definitely be tried while stitching up animal muscle so that one can get used to the pressure techniques required while stitching up tough wounds.
Practice with gloves, always
Irrespective of whether you are practicing at home or at medical school, always wear gloves while practicing stitching. Swapping from no-gloves to glove clad suturing is a lot tougher than you may anticipate. Using powder-free nitrile gloves are a good way to start and get accustomed to suturing with gloves on.
Consult the best
Last, but not the least, observe how experts suture their patients’ wounds. The pre-stitching clean-up, right angle, pressure, material, and grip play big roles in determining the effectiveness of a suture stitch. You can also request someone to monitor your methods and correct them if and when required.
Although examining a suture and foreseeing how to perform a closure can be intimidating for a new beginner, the process is much simpler if one knows how to hold the needle and sew up the wounds perfectly.