Tips for Medical Students Learning Quality Suture Techniques
A new medical student may question why it is necessary to learn the skill of suturing. The truth is that at some point in their career, every medical and veterinary professional will require the knowledge to perform this procedure.
The practice of suturing is centuries old. It is used to close wounds or surgical incisions and is incredibly important for correct healing.
Some medical trainees may believe that this is a simple procedure and will not require much preparation. But constant practicing of proper suturing techniques is vital for the healthy recovery of patients. In fact, published medical research demonstrates that single instructional sessions may not be sufficient in mastering this skill.
What You Need to Know
Here are three essential tips that every medical student can use in learning how to become a master in suturing.
Tip #1: Make Hygiene a Priority
Practice cleanliness from the beginning of your career, and especially in procedures such as stitching.
Just as if you were performing a suture on an actual person, when you practice, make sure that all of the equipment is sterilized, ready to use, and easily reachable. Unsterilized material can cause irritations and infections.
Another very useful tip in the area of hygiene is to always practice with gloves on. Yes, it is more difficult to suture with gloves, but it will be required when performing the procedure on humans and animals. Since you’re going to be wearing gloves whenever you suture, it makes sense to get used to it now.
Tip #2: Aim for Precision in Suturing
Meticulous stitching refers to the fact that the depth and size of suture “bite,” as well as the interval between bites should be equal in length. In other words, the stitch should enter and exit at the same level in the tissues.
Professional suturing assures that the two sides of the skin come together neatly and cleanly in order to prevent infections and bacteria from entering the wound. Also, make sure all the knots of the suture are lined up on the same side for optimal appearance after healing.
There are different suturing techniques with varying degrees of difficulty. Each should be practiced until you are confident you can perform the task easily. Two of the most common are:
- Continuous sutures involve a series of stitches that use a single strand of suture material. The tip here is to space the stitches evenly so that tension gets distributed evenly along the entire line of sutures.
- Interrupted sutures use several strands of suture material to close the wound. After a stitch is made, the material is cut and tied off so if one of the stitches breaks, the remainder will still hold the wound together.
Tip #3: Real-Life Practice
Perhaps the most important tip in learning suturing is to use equipment and materials as close to “real life” as possible. A suturing kit from Pro-Health offers all the essential suture tools you’ll need in one package.
A suture pad that is designed to replicate the anatomical structure of human tissue as closely as possible is important. Choose one that will provide a real-world setting for learning the process of closing wounds with sutures.
Repetition Leads to Perfection
Every medical professional learns that the primary goals of suturing are:
- achieve healing with no infection
- allow for normal function
- provide an excellent cosmetic result
Studies emphasis extensive medical simulation in order to become proficient in suturing. The only way to develop expertise is with practice, practice, practice. Purchase a complete Pro-Health Suture Practice Kit now to gain the experience you will require in your chosen medical profession.