Nursing Education

Suturing & Access

The lecture on “Suturing and Access” would likely cover various techniques and considerations for administering medications or fluids through different routes and methods of suturing wounds.

  1. Intravenous (IV) Access: This involves inserting a needle into a vein to administer medications or fluids directly into the bloodstream. The lecture may cover the importance of proper technique, site selection, equipment needed, and potential complications such as infiltration or phlebitis.
  2. Intramuscular (IM) Access: IM injections deliver medication directly into a muscle. The lecture might discuss proper needle length, site selection (e.g., deltoid, vastus lateralis, dorsogluteal), and precautions to avoid nerve or vascular injury.
  3. Intradermal Access: Intradermal injections are administered into the dermis layer of the skin. This method is often used for allergy testing or certain vaccines. The lecture may cover proper technique, angle of insertion, and potential reactions.
  4. Subcutaneous Access: Subcutaneous injections deliver medication into the fatty tissue layer beneath the skin. Common sites include the abdomen, thigh, or upper arm. The lecture might discuss needle gauge and length, rotation of injection sites, and absorption rates.

Additional topics that may be covered include suturing techniques for wound closure, such as simple interrupted, continuous, or mattress sutures. This would involve discussing suture materials, needle types, and proper knot tying.

Overall, the lecture would aim to provide healthcare professionals with the knowledge and skills necessary to safely and effectively administer medications and perform suturing procedures across various clinical scenarios.