Suture Removal, Blood Warming

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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?

ernurse728, LPN

130 Posts

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?


163 Posts

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?


1 Post 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.

try this site:

They have a LOT of guidelines with references for evidence-based practice. I use this site regularly to help write protocols.

dont forget to burp the bags!

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