Myth 2 - You Have to Use Sterile Saline for Irrigation equipment management myth preparation Jul 03, 2022

You will see me state this a lot. The solution to pollution is dilution. I didn't coin the phrase, but it is something that all of us need to know. A few years ago, when I was developing the IRIG-8 wound irrigation device, I had to research everything I could find about wound irrigation. High...

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Essential Tools - 3 - Stapler equipment management preparation Jul 03, 2022

Staplers-as with many things in the acute setting, price often trumps quality. Staplers for laceration management is no exception. We often are forced to use the cheap and wobbly 10 shot staplers. I have found these to be rather ineffective and I have to frequently remove staples and do them...

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Essential Tools - 4 - Headlamp equipment management preparation Jul 03, 2022

Visualization of the wound you are repairing is crucial. If you are struggling to see what you are repairing and whether or not the suture needle is in the right place, you are setting yourself up for problems.

It never fails, the treatment room doesn't have an overhead light or it's not...

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Proper Positioning management preparation Jul 03, 2022

I have to say that hunching over to repair a laceration is one thing I always end up regretting, getting old sucks. There are a few things you can do to make sure that you are protecting yourself when doing a laceration repair. Have the patient lie or sit so that the wound is close to you, don't...

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Essential Tools - 5 - Trauma Shears equipment management preparation Jul 03, 2022

Having a good pair of durable scissors or "trauma shears" will serve you well. If working in a busy ER, you will use these most every shift to remove clothing or bandages placed by EMS. They can also be used to cut fiberglass for splints. It never fails, you will need them when you don't have...

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Myth 3 - You Need to Use Sterile Gloves equipment management myth preparation Jul 03, 2022

This may cause surgeons to have chest pain, but there is no need to wear sterile gloves when repairing a laceration. Let me say that again, you don't need sterile gloves to sew up a laceration. Think about it, the dirty skin just got cut by a dirty object. Using sterile gloves isn't going to make...

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Emergency Medicine Residents Have to Be Ready on July 1 emergency medicine management preparation Sep 10, 2021

EM residents are expected to hit the ground running when it comes to seeing and managing patients with lacerations. It is one of the defining skills of emergency medicine and we take pride in our ability to repair lacerations. All interns will have done at least one EM rotation and possibly a...

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Myth 1 - You Cannot Use Epinephrine For Finger Lacerations management preparation Sep 10, 2021

We tend to practice based on what our attending physicians and residents told us. Some of these lessons we take as gospel and never challenge them. Some you are threatened with death if you even contemplate them! Contrary to the old mantra of "fingers, toes, penis, nose" when it comes to...

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Nursing Care of Lacerations equipment nursing preparation Sep 10, 2021

Nurses play an important role in caring for patients with lacerations. There is a lot of old dogma such as soaking wounds in betadine that need to be rethought. Some of these things just get passed down by older nurses and never get questioned. 

Develop protocols to empower your nurses to...

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Laceration Management for the Urgent Care Clinician equipment management preparation urgent care Aug 18, 2021

Urgent cares have flourished over the past 10 years. They stepped up to the plate and cared for scores of patients during the pandemic. Unfortunately, there is no formal residency program for "urgent care" and some UC clinicians may no thave had much training or experience with managing...

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Laceration Management For The Primary Care Clinician equipment management preparation primary care Jul 12, 2021

Primary care clinicians are the true engine of the healthcare system. Unfortunately, overly complex patients, 15 minute visits, prior authorizations, insurance hassles and administrative tasks eat away at the ability to work patients in for things such as lacerations.

Having worked in the ER and...

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90% Knowledge, 10% Skill management preparation May 21, 2021

When I started working on this lecture series, I noticed how the overwhelming majority of information was NOT related to the act of suturing. That's how I came up with this 90/10 statistic. It's from my own experience, not a randomly controlled clinical trial, so don't run to the Cochrane...

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