Archive May 2017 XVIII, No. 5

Ideas That Work: Keep Different-Size Sutures Straight

right-sized suture SEW EASY Use a needle count box to make finding the right-sized suture a breeze.

Keep Different-Size Sutures Straight

Sutures are expensive, so it makes sense to keep using them until they're too short to use anymore. But when you're using different sizes on the same patient, it can be challenging to tell them apart. We keep them straight by using the needle count box. The 6-0 sutures go in number 6, the 5-0 in number 5, the 4-0 in number 4, and so on. The system is both much faster and more precise. As you can see in the picture, it's a snap to find the 3-0 Nylon, the 4-0 chromic, the 5-0 nylon, the 5-0 PDS, the 6-0 Prolene and the 6-0 fast absorbing.

Theda C. Kontis, MD, FACS
Facial Plastic Surgicenter
Baltimore, Md.

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