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PV Card: Laceration Repair and Sutures – A cheat sheet guide


laceration repair and suturesLaceration repair and suturing are foundational skills for the Emergency Department. This pocket card serves as a quick reference guide for clinicians, and provides a much-needed update and design upgrade from the 2011 PV card on Sutures. This card covers suture/staple removal times, suture sizes, suture material characteristics, special laceration considerations, and suture techniques.

PV Card: Laceration Repair and Sutures

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Updated March 9, 2017: Based on feedback from Twitter comments, we added a column on time of effective tensile strength for each suture type, which is different from time of complete absorption.

Hyunjoo Lee, MD

Hyunjoo Lee, MD

Emergency Medicine Chief Resident
Mount Sinai Beth Israel EM Residency
Layla Abubshait, MD

Layla Abubshait, MD

Faculty Development and Medical Education Fellow
Department of Emergency Medicine
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
Harvard Medical School