Sutures

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Chart

Area Size Removal
scalp 4o,5o 5-8 days
face 5o,6o 3-5 days
chest/abd 3o,4o 7-10 days
back 3o,4o 12-14 days
upper extrem 4o,5o 8-10 days
lower extrem 3o,4o 8-12 days
foot 3o,4o 10-12 days
joint/extensor surface 3o,4o 10-14 days
joint/felxor surface 4o,5o 8-10 days

+2-3 days for elderly

Technique

  • Horizontal: excess tension, mult parallel lacs
  • Vertical: contraindication to deeps
  • Types
    • Absorbable for deeps
      • Never if high risk for infection
      • Good for hard to reach places (kid's mouth)
    • Vicryl
    • Lasts longer
    • Chromic
      • Faster, good for oral mucosa
    • Braided
      • Stronger but higher infection risk

See Also

Trauma:Wound Management

Source

Lampe