Practical skills

How to suture a wound

  • RCN accredited
  • Peer reviewed
  • Certificate
  • Learning time: 01 hr
  • Last updated: 2020
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This practical learning module explores how to suture wounds using several common techniques depending, for example, on wound type and location, skin thickness, wound tension and cosmetic considerations. Relevant anatomy and underlying structures are discussed, as are other methods of wound closure and needle-stick injury.

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Please note that information provided by RCNi Learning is not sufficient to ensure competence in the skill. Assessment of competence should take place in line with local practice. Practice should always align with local protocols and procedures, latest guidelines and any regulatory code. All modules should currently be viewed together with available national and local Covid-19 guidelines. For advice, go to www.rcn.org.uk/covid-19/rcn-position

Joseph Bonham, Emergency Department, Beaumont Hospital, Dublin, Ireland.


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