Learn to Repair Lacerations with this Easy Suturing Technique!
Commonly known as “putting in stitches,” repairing wounds by suturing them back together is not complicated. And if you choose to use a straight needle – it’s even simpler. In this post we’ll show you how to repair lacerations the simple and easy way. Best of all, our technique requires almost no equipment and takes only minutes to learn and perform!
It’s Easiest to Use Straight Needles
Surgical suturing needles come in many confusing sizes and configurations. Most needles are curved into a half-circle, but the type we’ll be using here are straight and flat at the end. These are handy because unlike curved needles, you need to carry nothing other than the package of suture itself.
Suture is rated in much the same way as fishing line. Though instead of “pound-test,” a numbering system of zeros “0” is used. The more 0’s, the smaller diameter of the material. Most useful are sizes between 2-0 and 5-0. If you can only get one size buy 2-0 or 3-0. It’s better to use a heavier material than you need, than selecting a smaller size that might break.
Suture material is the “string” that comes attached to the needle in the package, and it can be divided into two types: absorbable and non-absorbable. Preppers often find non-absorbable materials easier to use and more robust. Absorbables are designed for internal use, as with appendectomies or hernia repairs. They can be used to repair skin cuts, but may cause the wound edges to turn red. This can be problematic because the resulting skin discoloration can be mistaken for an infection.
Make it Silk Suture for Your BOB
The most common and perhaps most useful suture is silk. It’s cheap and easy to tie with an old fashion square knot. Tie three or four times, cut off the excessive string, and move on to the next one. Here’s a video on the technique:
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After watching our video you’ll be good to go. Additional straight needle suturing techniques can be found on The Prepper Pages YouTube channel for those interested.
In addition, to learn a significant amount of information for suturing lacerations, including which instruments and items are needed to close wounds and where to buy them, suture needle sizing, the timing of suture removal, along with recommended non-surgical options for wound closure, click the link below. The link is for a hospital grade suture kit that I recommend and contains a wealth of information on suturing.
12 Piece Operating Room Grade Suture Laceration Kit
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