Suture Removal, Blood Warming

  1. I need the most current nursingt guidelines for suture and/or staple removal and use of blood warmers (for rapid infusion). Anyone know where I can quickly find them?
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  3. by   ernurse728
    What kind of guidelines are you looking for? For instance for staple removal you rub over the staples with betadine prior to removal. Stitches we just take out with a suture removal set. And what do you need to know about the fluid warmer?
  4. by   atownsendrn
    Suture/staple removal is a basic nursing function that can be found in any med/surg book. As far as the guidelines for the fluid/blood warmer, the manufacture should have detailed guideline for use. Do you need more than that? Are you writing policies?
  5. by   Boba will give you some guidelines in th UK for administration of blood through a warmer, but it is only limited to the temperature settings. There are no specific guidelines as to when a blood warmer should be used, though.
  6. by   purplemania
    try this site:

    They have a LOT of guidelines with references for evidence-based practice. I use this site regularly to help write protocols.
  7. by   TraumaInTheSlot
    dont forget to burp the bags!