Sewing a wound closed - series

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Sewing a wound closed, part 1

Grip a suture needle securely using a needle driver instrument.

Sewing a wound closed, part 1

Sewing a wound closed, part 2

Push the needle through the skin and into the base of the wound. Then pull the suture through the first side of the wound.

Sewing a wound closed, part 2

Sewing a wound closed, part 3

Push the needle through the base of the opposite side of the wound and bring it out as before. Tie the suture to close the wound.

Sewing a wound closed, part 3

Sewing a wound closed, part 4

When the suture is properly in place, it should form a U-shape.

Sewing a wound closed, part 4

Sewing a wound closed, part 5

To tie a suture, first loop it around the needle driver twice. Next, grab the short end of the suture with the needle driver.

Sewing a wound closed, part 5

Sewing a wound closed, part 6

Start by creating the first knot of a loop. Next, make a second single loop in the opposite direction. This completes the square knot.

Sewing a wound closed, part 6

Version Info

  • Last reviewed on 9/13/2006
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