Earn up to 15 AMA PRA Category 1 credits™
Basic Suturing Course Description
Every practitioner in the outpatient setting routinely addresses issues
related to wound care or wound closure, including the challenges posed
by traumatic wounds. Many physicians care for an array of skin problems
and perform skin biopsies or excisions with the goal of improved
cosmoses, diagnosis, or cure. This CME medical conference is designed
for practitioners who have minimal suturing skills, but is also a great
course to upgrade skills for those who need more experience.
Whether traumatic or iatrogenic, the goals in caring for wounds are
to obtain complete closure while minimizing complications, such as
infection or unsightly scarring.
In this CME medical conference, participants will gain insight into
the anatomy of the skin, principles of healing, and basic wound care.
Basic biopsy and excision techniques, suturing methods, undermining,
skin stapling, and the application of adhesives will be demonstrated and
An abundance of hands-on time is scheduled to refine suturing skills with the use of pig’s feet.
A list of required supplies is shown below. This list will be
provided to you again upon course registration. Note: This is not an
You must bring these supplies with you to the CME medical conference.
Supplies Required By Attendee
Please bring a MINIMUM of the following:
- 15 packets 3-0 nylon suture,
- Reverse cutting needle,
- FS-1 and PS-2 needles (3/8 circle are the most versatile for this course, but please feel free to bring any variety of needles with you to practice with)
- 1 pair each pickups (tissue forceps) with teeth and without teeth
- 1 5” needle driver/holder
- 1 pair each of suture and iris (fine tissue - straight or curved) scissors
Consider registering for the Dermatologic Procedures and Basic Suturing Value Package.
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By the end of this workshop, participants should be better able to:
- Review the anatomy of the skin and understand the physiology of wound healing.
- Discuss key elements of the patient history, informed consent and wound care instructions.
- Describe indications for skin biopsy and develop skills to perform both punch and excisional biopsy.
- Recognize the need for undermining and apply appropriate technique.
- Become familiar with local anesthesia and techniques to minimize patient discomfort.
- Develop an array of suturing and knot tying skills.
- Recognize and manage complications.
- Become familiar with concepts for maximizing accuracy and efficiency in billing.
This live activity, Basic Suturing, has been reviewed and is acceptable for up to 15 Prescribed Credits by the American Academy of Family Physicians. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
The Texas Academy of Family Physicians designates this live activity for a maximum of 15 AMA PRA Category 1 credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
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