How to Suture a Wound
He requires stitches, but the nearest doctor is a day’s drive away; fortunately, you have a suturing kit in your first-aid kit and know how to sew him up.
What Is Suturing?
Suturing is a fancy way of saying stitches, and it’s when you use a sterilized needle and thread to sew a severe wound together, with the goal of bringing all the layers of tissue together so the damaged wound can begin to heal. Sutures are used when a wound is deep and gaping.
DIY Suturing Should Only Be Done in Real Emergencies
If you have a gaping wound, use butterfly bandages and gauze to close it up; suturing should only be used in an emergency. If you can’t get to a doctor, here’s how to do it yourself.
To suture a wound properly and effectively, you’ll need a suturing kit, which includes a needle driver, tissue forceps, scissors, and a sterilized needle and thread, as well as sterilizing alcohol wipes.
How to Practice Suturing
There are a few ways to practice suturing without a wound. I learned how to suture on a flap of pig belly. Chicken with the skin is also good for practice because it’s more like human skin. Suture pads are inexpensive and can be used multiple times. Use tissue forceps to expose the side of the wound you’ll begin the suture on.
What is used for stitching?
Sutures are used by your doctor to close wounds to your skin or other tissues. When your doctor sutures a wound, they’ll use a needle attached to a length of “thread” to stitch the wound shut. Sutures can be made out of a variety of materials.
How do you stitch open wounds?
In three easy steps, pull the wound together with your fingers, locate the cut’s center, and insert the first suture by sticking the needle through the skin (.5 cm from the cut’s edge), out the wound, back through the wound on the other side, and out the skin.
What type of suture is used to close skin?
To close deep, multiple-layer lacerations, absorbable sutures such as polyglactin 910 (Vicryl), polyglycolic acid ( Dexon ), and poliglecaprone 25 ( Monocryl ) are used.
Which thread is used for operation?
Doctors can use a variety of surgical threads made from materials such as silk or nylon, which can be single strand or braided, and even surgical thread that dissolves over time so the doctor doesn’t have to remove your stitches (you might hear them called sutures).
Is glue or stitches better?
Lower infection rates, less time in the operating room, and less scarring with Glue (Tissue Adhesive). No needle sticks or stitches (child friendly).
How do you clean and stitch a wound?
Using a plastic bag with a hole poked in it, irrigate the wound with boiling water, then scrub with soap. Sterilize your needle and thread, then begin stitching (see sidebar image). Stitches should be spaced a quarter-inch apart and just barely touching the skin edges.
Can you use super glue on a cut?
Takeaway. If you have a deep cut that is bleeding profusely, super glue can be an effective way to close the wound and allow it to heal. Using the version formulated for medical use u2014 rather than hardware glue u2014 will avoid irritation and be more flexible. If you have a deep cut that is bleeding profusely, seek professional medical attention.
Can you stitch a wound with regular thread?
In a pinch, you could probably suture a wound with a regular needle and thread (ideally sterilized with boiling water or otherwise), but that would 1) be difficult and 2) increase the risk of infection. To properly and effectively suture a wound, you’ll need to get your hands on a suturing kit.
What heals wound faster?
Methods for hastening the healing of a wound
- Antibacterial ointment. A person can treat a wound with a variety of over-the-counter (OTC) antibacterial ointments to help prevent infections.
- Aloe vera. Aloe vera is a cactus plant.
- Turmeric paste.
- Coconut oil.
What does catgut mean?
a tough cord typically made from sheep intestines
What is the difference between a cut and a laceration?
Both words indicate that your skin has been damaged by a sharp object, such as a knife or shard of glass, and that the wound will bleed in most cases. However, a cut is usually referred to as a minor wound, whereas a laceration is often more serious.
How many types of stitches are there?
There are 22 different types of hand sewing stitches and 6 different types of machine sewing stitches.
Can you use fishing line for stitches?
Abstract: Several African countries have reported using nylon fishing line for surgical sutures, and a recent publication suggested that fishing line and an injection needle could provide an atraumatic suture that is particularly suitable for intracutaneous skin closures.
How do you sew a wound?
What is the Best Way to Suture a Wound?
- Grab the needle with your needle driver and expose the side of the wound you’ll start the suture on with tissue forceps.
- Push the needle through the skin at a 90-degree angle about a centimeter to the right of the wound.