Online Suture Course
In this article, The Medical Prepper will describe the importance of knowing how to repair wounds, and advocate for the use of an online suture course.
A clear aspect of survival is putting parts and pieces back together when they are cut apart. Obviously, there are limitations to what can be successfully done in the field. However, knowing how to suture – knowing how to repair wounds of almost any kind – is an integral part of the medical prepper’s toolbox.
Consider the incidental case of a child falling and cutting their arm. Or, the adult working who cuts their finger or hand to the degree that wound closure is necessary. In an austere environment, or when disaster strikes and normal medical services are not available, a cut deep enough to warrant closure that is repaired can mean swift recovery without infection, low-impact to community productivity, decreased burden on the community’s health system secondary to long-term adverse effects within the affected individual, and the development of trust between the field medic and the patient as well as the field medic and their service community.
Let’s look at the child with the cut arm. We’ll call her Sally. Sally was playing, slipped, and now has a laceration to her left arm at the forearm. It’s medium sized – around 3 inches. You assess her and, while it may not be anything you’ve encountered before, you can tell that leaving it open would not be in her best interest. Why, you ask? A few reasons:
- First, healing will take an average of four weeks relying on the body to fill the open area with new cells (this is called secondary intention).
- Second, every day during the healing process, Sally will experience some type of pain and limiting her pain is a primary goal.
- Third, every second the wound remains open, even if you fill it with honey and wrap it with a lemongrass poultice, there is potential for severe infection, which could lead to death.
- Fourth, a wound repaired through secondary intention will scar so much more than one closed with sutures or staples. Remember, Sally is a confident young girl and a scar will not be of much benefit to her in any future.
That is a clear case for closing the wound. But, how do you proceed? Having a suture course under your belt would clue you into special, quick tests to assess her tendons, blood-flow, and sensation. You would be better prepared to know which suture techniques would be most appropriate along the middle and ends of this medium size laceration on a child’s arm. You would have an enhanced understanding of the healing process and, most importantly, you would be more ready to perform the repair yourself, avoiding the four concerns raised above, than if you had no training at all.
Online Suture Course: Elements of Suturing
Now for the shameless plug. I have developed a suture course that is video based. You download the video(s). Buy a chicken breast or pig’s foot from your neighborhood grocery store. Pick up a few laceration kits and some suture from your friend, The Medical Prepper, and viola – you’re now practiced and prepared in the art of suturing.
I’ll be honest. I think the course I’ve prepared is the best online suture course available. I have repaired thousands of wounds. I have learned what works, and what doesn’t. I have taught on the collegiate level, as well as one-on-one. My course, Elements of Suturing, will prepare you to close almost any type of wound. And, you won’t be bored while learning this essential skill.
Here’s a FREE video from the course which teaches you how to tie a simple surgeon’s knot:
About Elements of Suturing:
- Learn from a very experienced family and emergency nurse practitioner.
With years of experience as an emergency department provider, as well as collegiate level teaching experience, Patton is able to quickly explain, demonstrate, and prepare you to emulate simple and complex techniques, as well as fully enhance your current level of practice and understanding.
- Online access makes learning and earning much easier.
Elements of Suturing is a fully online, asynchronous course. This puts you in the driver’s seat for deciding when and where to enrich your learning.
- High-definition video makes learning very real-to-life.
Using state-of-the-art, high-definition video technology, Elements of Suturing brings you right to the heart of the wound and guides you through repairs every step of the way. You will learn, with crystal clarity, how to repair lacerations using simple interrupted, interrupted cruciate, sub-cuticular, vertical mattress, and many more techniques. You will learn how to tie knots correctly. You will learn and see everything there is to know about wound repair.
- ‘Elements’ does not mean a bare-bones essentials course.
Elements of Suturing will bring you to the front of your field in suture repair, covering topics including:
- Dog ear deformity
- Tetanus and rabies prophylaxis
- Animal bites
- Pediatric lacerations
- Open fracture management
- Treating anticoagulated patients
- Eyelid lacerations
- And more
- Learn suturing through the A.C.E. F.A.S.T. Closure method.
Developed by Patton Graham, NP-C, the A.C.E. F.A.S.T. Closure method will help you ace your closures every time. This method-approach to wound closures will surprise you at how easy it is to both remember and implement.