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Discussion in 'Survival Medicine' started by chelloveck, Nov 2, 2012.

  1. chelloveck

    chelloveck Diabolus Causidicus

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  2. oldawg

    oldawg Monkey+++

    Could you use those practice sutures you see advertised for cheap with alcohol to disinfect?
  3. ditch witch

    ditch witch resident bacon hoarder Site Supporter+

    I'm pretty good at stitching up wounds, at least on animals, but lately I've been eyeballing these disposable skin staplers on Amazon. Seeing someone's gash stapled shut always gives me the heebie jeebies but I'm thinking I will add a half dozen of these to the stash pile unless I hear anyone give good reason against them.
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  4. Brokor

    Brokor Live Free or Cry Moderator Site Supporter+++ Founding Member

    They work great, I have had wounds closed on my own body with staples before. However, you should know that suturing yourself is the best bet. If you have an assistant, staples would work just fine. Some folks believe a stapler will work for them in the BOB --I caution against this because using a stapler to close wounds requires help. In fact, many wounds can be closed with just butterfly closure strips...I found this video to help explain the stapler in more detail:

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  5. ditch witch

    ditch witch resident bacon hoarder Site Supporter+

    One of my nephews ran completely through a mirrored wall playing laser tag in someone's house and laid himself wide open elbows to ankles. They stapled the majority of the damage.. we called him Frankenstein for a month, kid had staples running from his ankle clear up to his groin and several other rows on his forearms. Anyway I was impressed with how well they worked on deep gashes, and it seems faster than stitching and less likely I will stab myself in the finger if the victim jumps while I'm working. Like you mentioned tho, the butterfly strips and superglue are my preferred means of closure... especially on myself. Good videos tho, subscribed to their channel. :)
  6. BTPost

    BTPost Old Fart Snow Monkey Moderator

    If you want to "Practice Suturing" take an orange, and cut an nice gash in the peel. Then using a Suture Kit, practice sewing it up, so that if you squeeze the orange, very little Juice comes out, of the repaired Peel. When Momma (RN) was in Advanced Trauma Class, (many Years ago) that was the learning curve used. I practiced with her, at the time, and could likely reproduce the act, in an emergency, but it wouldn't be pretty, just functional.... .... YMMV....
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  7. chelloveck

    chelloveck Diabolus Causidicus

    I can live with ugly.......I can't live with dead.

    I should point out that for some wounds, particularly wounds resulting in necrotic tissue (dead flesh) , some preparatory work on the wound needs to be done and the wound debrided before closure with sutures.

    Delayed Primary Closure

    Wound healing - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    Types of Wound Healing

    Wound Debridement

    How to... Ten top tips for wound debridement › Practice development › Wounds International March 3(1) › Wounds International

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