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Perform Suture Removal

Medical Assisting > Surgical Procedures

Materials Included:

  • MASR_jpeg Text
  • MASR_jpeg Video
  • MASR_jpeg Anatomy
  • MASR_jpeg Simulation
  • MASR_jpeg Quiz
Learn how to remove sutures and practice the steps of the procedure as often as you want, until you feel confident.

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This module provides a detailed explanation of how to remove sutures. Including both Learn and Test modes, the online simulator offers two scenarios that test your ability to remove sutures: with a leg wound as an example, you must either remove all the sutures and use steri-strips if required, or remove alternate sutures. Practice the steps of the procedures as often as you want, until you feel confident. This module is based on the entry-level competencies for which the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) and Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools (ABHES) test the Medical Assistant.

You’ll learn

  • about different suture types and the appropriate situations for their use
  • pre-procedure considerations for suture removal
  • how to apply sterile technique
  • to visualize the anatomical structures and components of the skin, comprising the epidermis, dermis, and subcutaneous layers
  • to practice and perfect your skills in inspection of the suture line, removing sutures and applying a dressing
  • to describe the wound healing process and wound care recommendations
  • correct documentation and post-procedure requirements
  • relevant medical terminology
  • much more (see Content Details for more specific information)
Step 1 - Preparation
Step 1.1 - Equipment preparation
Step 1.2 - Medical assistant preparation
Step 1.3 - Patient preparation
Step 2 - Expose the wound
Step 2.1 - Position the patient
Step 2.2 - Medical assistant position
Step 3 - Inspect the suture line
Step 4 - Remove the sutures
Step 5 - Apply the dressing
Step 6 - Complete the procedure
  • Describe pre-procedure considerations for suture removal.
  • Describe and demonstrate the preparation for suture removal.
  • Describe and demonstrate sterile technique.
  • Describe different suture types and the appropriate situations for their use.
  • Describe and demonstrate suture removal.
  • Describe wound healing.
  • Describe and demonstrate wound care.
  • Describe and demonstrate correct post-procedure considerations.
  • Define and demonstrate correct recording and reporting procedures.
  • Define and use related medical terminology.
  • Understand and apply Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) guidelines.
  • Explain the Patient Privacy Rule (HIPAA), Patient Safety Act, and Patients' Bill of Rights.

The SIMTICS modules are all easy to use and web-based. This means they are available at any time as long as the learner has an internet connection. No special hardware or other equipment is required, other than a computer mouse for use in the simulations. Each of the SIMTICS modules covers one specific procedure or topic in detail. Each module contains:

  • an online simulation (available in Learn and Test modes)
  • descriptive text, which explains exactly how to perform that particular procedure including key terms and hyperlinks to references
  • 2D images and a 3D model of applied anatomy for that particular topic
  • a step by step video demonstration by an expert
  • a quiz
  • a personal logbook that keeps track of all the modules the learner has studied and how long

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