Learning about Sutures - page 2

I am new to the OR as a circulator and I am looking for more information about sutures. The hospital I work for does not train the circulators on how to scrub so I don't get to see close ups on... Read More

  1. by   Made2Care
    Thanks so much for taking the time with your post. Definitely printing a copy!
  2. by   Super Scrub
    chessepotato you are awesome
  3. by   Sezza83
    Great work!!!! Going to give this to the new nurses who start in our theatre all the way down here in Australia! You summed up what took me months to learn.
  4. by   lizzy47
    Thank you
  5. by   CaliLvr000
    Can this be a sticky???!
  6. by   kguill975
    Absolutely amazing post! I went from surg tech to circulating nurse to Surgical NP, and I know my sutures, but your knowledge is impressive! You should write a book on sutures.

    Quote from CheesePotato
    2-0 (delicate suture for delicate work. Not too weak, not too strong) Silk (non absorbable). On an SH (Taper needle: atraumatic. Won’t do me a lick of good I’m slashing my bowel to bits to try to sew it together, ya know? P.S. This needle is also called a GI needle by some scrubs)
    I just saw this one thing that may be a little confusing. The SH is a GI needle, the PS is a cutter. Thank you for taking so much time to help our new colleagues.
  7. by   dah doh
    That was awesome! Not being an O.R. Nurse, I usually just bring over the boxes of sutures and let the surgeons pick...lol...
  8. by   dianah
    Quote from CaliLvr000
    Can this be a sticky???!
    CheesePotato's post is now officially a sticky, can be found at the bottom of the Operating Room Nursing forum.

    Thanks for the suggestion, CaliLvr000!
  9. by   Fun2RN,BSN
    That is an awesome overview of suture. Now to actually learn & memorize it. haha

    I think circulating only does hurt one's memory on suture.
  10. by   Wblasky
    I have a surgeon that asked for a 3-0 vicryl tie, can someone explain to me what this is! I need to order
  11. by   Rose_Queen
    Quote from Wblasky
    I have a surgeon that asked for a 3-0 vicryl tie, can someone explain to me what this is! I need to order
    It's a strand of suture without a needle on it. You should be able to order it from whoever supplies your current stock of sutures.
  12. by   Morgan7
    OMG!!! This was awesome! I'm not even in the OR yet, but I could visualize (as best I could) what you were describing. Thank you so much for this detail, this has become a part of my study cards lol
  13. by   alluringsquare
    Thank you, CP for this detailed explanation. Just made my day a tad bit easier . Been having a terrible time with the suture portion. Thank you for this post.