How to suture a wound : essential know-how in case of injury

Learning how to make stitches is essential to act quickly in the event of an injury. Suturing a wound is not complicated, but it is like sewing: it is necessary to train to learn.

Many of us have used hospital emergency professionals to suture a deep wound, but few are trained to put clean and effective stitches. In a tense situation where emergency servicess and doctors are scarce, it will be easier to proceed to this relatively simple act yourself.

We are fortunate enough to live – for the moment, as long as it lasts – in a society of abundance that gives us access to the know-how and the necessary equipment to apply it. Do not fail to learn today what could save you tomorrow. A few months ago I purchased several suture kits to perfect my technique and I am very glad of it.

Training on silicone gel makes it possible to learn stitches in various ways and on wounds of very different shapes. It is reassuring to be able to train regularly to be ready to face a real injury.

Open wounds can be divided into three great families :

  • Superficial wounds : the cut is very shallow and presents no problematic aspect. Rinse the wound with soap and apply a dressing is enough to solve the problem.
  • Shallow wounds : the wound bleeds slightly and we see the bottom. It is cleaned with an antiseptic compress to remove any impurities, it is compressed to stop bleeding and it applies adhesive sutures (steristrips) or cyanoacrylate glue (yes, the same as for tinkering. I repeatedly used it on myself to repair broken nails and close small wounds, it works very well and it’s painless).
  • Wide and deep wounds : This type of wounds presents a high risk of infection if it is not cleaned and disinfected properly and requires stitches to heal cleanly.
[Warning, if the bleeding is uncontrollable or if the blood spurts from the wound it is possible that an artery is hit, your suture skills will not be sufficient in these cases].

 

Tutorials to learn how to make classic stitches

It is possible to learn how to put stitches thanks to very well done video tutorials that can be found on the web. The suture kits are particularly useful and are a valuable help to learn the right moves  but nothing beats practice, the videos are not enough by themselves.

Suture kits: training material to learn how to suture a wound

There are different suture kits for effective training in stitching. I strongly recommend that you get one and practice to perfect your skills before you need them for good.

You can find these kits on Amazon for about forty euros. They allow to become familiar with the material needed to make the stitches but also with the different types of wounds that you may have to deal with. It is very difficult to stitch yourself up, so it is a good idea that all members of the family learn to do it …

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