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

Medical Education Fellow
Department of Emergency Medicine
Thomas Jefferson University Hospital
Philadelphia, PA
Hyunjoo Lee, MD


EM Doc. Former #MedEd Fellow. Tweets are my thoughts (or #FOAMed tidbits I learned from amazing educators), not direct medical advice.
Layla Abubshait, MD

Layla Abubshait, MD

Assistant Professor, University of Sharjah
Education Director, Emergency Medicine Department
Al-Qassimi Hospital
United Arab Emirates
Layla Abubshait, MD


American board EM physician|Assistant professor| COO @ALiEMCRInc| البورد الأمريكي في طب الطوارئ. زمالة التثقيف الصحي وتطوير الكادر الطبي من جامعة هارفرد.