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Posted by: Lubas Medical on 20th June 2019

5 tips to prepare for Suturing & Wound Management

Hand holding suture

A clash of heads or studs to the leg, suturing & wound management is one of the most common skills required for pitch side medical staff.

But the knowledge and skills alone aren’t enough.

Taking responsibility for your first wound is daunting, but you should be able to manage with confidence even under pressure.

Here are 5 quick tips for getting yourself prepared for suturing & wound management:

1. Specialist Training

Suturing is a skill you should learn from a medical professional with experience in the field. Any training you attend needs to cover the content required for your role. Do your research and, if necessary, speak with the provider to confirm the content is right for you!

Woman suturing wound.

2. Regular Practice

You can’t put your skills to the test without regular practice. Although nothing prepares you better than experience, practice definitely makes perfect. Oranges & leather sponges are good substitutes for the real thing. Take the time to practice suturing, stapling and gluing different types of wounds.

Hands practising suturing on an orange

3. Suitable Kit

Make sure your kit is up to scratch. Get to know your equipment. Use kit that’s similar or the same to the kit you train & practice with & are comfortable using.

It’s time consuming & often expensive trying to locate individual suturing items for your own kit. We offer ready made bags that include all the equipment used on our course

4. Communication within your team

Communication is key throughout your pitchside medical team. Only members of the team with suturing qualifications, insurance and experience should manage serious wounds.

Never work outside your scope of practice and always work within your team, organization or employer’s guidelines.

It should be made clear to everyone within the team who is responsible for all assessing & suturing more serious wounds.

5. Consider the worst-case scenario

Always prepare for the worst-case scenario. There is always a possibility you could be dealing with a major wound/bleed. Know your limits and ensure you have an action plan in place for an emergency.

Following a training course you should be able to access advice and ongoing support when required. We offer this to all attendees of Lubas Medical courses.

For further information on Wound Management & Suture courses contact us.