For more than a decade, I’ve been teaching basic suturing to the preparedness community. Usually, the classes are introductory with discussion and hands-on work on pig’s feet in the classic single-suture instrument tie. Once you’ve gotten that solidly under your belt, and practiced like you should, you might consider saving time by perform a continuous or running suture. Although there is a little more risk associated with it (your knots better be good or the whole thing might unravel), a running stitch is commonly performed by surgeons today.
In this video, I show you how to perform a typical simple running suture. Remember, it’s not just important to know how to throw a stitch, but to have the judgment necessary to determine when a suture is the right form of closure, or when a wound might best be left open with daily wound care to allow it to heal in on its own. These are decisions the family medic may need to make in times of trouble.
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Wishing you the best of health in good times or bad,
Joe Alton MD
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