Best Low Cost Hospital Operating Room Grade Suture Kit For Students
It's Easy To Assemble A 12 Piece Hospital Operating Room Grade Suture Kit
Best Low Cost Hospital Operating Room Grade Suture Kit
This is a great value in a hospital grade suture kit. A few additional instruments and supplies will round it out nicely. Keep reading for a wealth of information on suturing including the devices and supplies that make treating lacerations quick and easy.
Included are where to buy them, suture needle sizing, the timing of suture removal, and recommended non-surgical options for wound closure. Watch videos from a trauma surgeon that demonstrate how to close wounds using various suturing techniques and applications.
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Why you might need it
Whether you are a Medical Student, or a Doomsday Prepper, in an emergency scenario, some wounds will ultimately require a suture kit to sew them up. This particular suture kit is recommended by Dr. Ryan Chamberlin (trauma surgeon and author).
Dr. Chamberlin recommends all of the additional supplies on this page to round out an emergency suture kit. The pictured suture kit is of great quality. Some are reconditioned operating room instruments, and are highly sought after because of their quality and low price.
If you purchase the same ones on this page brand new and sterilized, then expect to pay significantly more. It's much cheaper to sterilize them yourself using a kitchen pressure cooker, or by one of the other methods detailed in the book The Prepper Pages.
Another reason to buy hospital grade instruments is that they can be sharpened in the field, just like you'd do with a knife. It will hold an edge. This should be a big selling point for preppers who are continually sharpening their knives for the big zombie day!
It is recommended to always choose the hospital grade instruments. It turns out that sterilizing instruments with steam and pressure dulls them. However, in a Doomsday scenario, these instruments will likely be used and sterilized much less often compared to their use in a hospital.
Untrained Doomsday Preppers may want to secure this kit and other items on this page so that they have them on hand for a trained medical professional in their network, or they may want to pursue the required medical training themselves.
Dr. Chamberlin recommends GLUture and Dermabond skin adhesive (which are like medical superglue), and Silver Nitrate Sticks. These are for closing wounds and treating minor bleeding, as well as Steri-Strips and Benzoin for reinforcing your repairs.
He also recommends adding forceps with teeth to whatever suture kit that you order, because they're normally not included in a standard set. These are necessary because they allow you to grab the cut skin edges lightly while you're suturing, thereby limiting further tissue damage.
Suture Sizes Depend On Wound Location & Absorbable vs. Nonabsorbable Sutures
Suture & Staple Removal Says Until Removal Are Based On Body Location
A complete suture kit will include:
Needle driver (also called a needle holder)
Iris scissors - for cutting away dead tissue
Forceps with teeth - allow you to grab the cut skin edges lightly while you're suturing, thereby limiting further tissue damage
Few kits on the market have all four items, if they do, you usually end up paying heavily for them. It's much cheaper to build your own set.
Forceps With Teeth Assist In Suturing To Close A Wound
The suture kit (pictured above) includes:
Premium Operating Room Grade Mosquito Hemostat Forceps 5" Curved
Premium Operating Room Grade Iris Scissors 4.5" Straight
Premium Operating Room Grade Suture Scissors 4.5"
Premium Operating Room Grade Webster Needle Holder 5"
Premium Operating Room Grade Adson Dressing Forceps 4.75" Serrated
Premium Operating Room Grade Adson Tissue Forceps 1x2 Teeth 4.75"
Scalpel Handle #3
(Qty = 5) Sterile Scalpel Blade #12
Dr. Chamberlin recommends the following essential items to build an effective suture kit (click on the links below to see the current prices):
12 PCS Premium Grade Suture Laceration Kit (Note: The link to the left was intended to be the suture kit pictured above. However, Amazon has been out of this item indefinitely. This link takes you to an Amazon search result for HTI brand (be sure to scroll down) which appears to sell hospital operating room grade medical tools (based on the pictures, descriptions and feedback) where you should be able to piece this kit together along with the 3 items below).
Forceps With Teeth (They allow you to grab the cut skin edges lightly while you're suturing, thereby limiting further tissue damage).
Magnum 2017 Lister Style Straight Bandage Scissor, 5.5" Length (Note: These are bandage scissors that can be used to cut sutures and bandages, whereas the one listed below can only cut bandages. However, the Iris scissors are slow at cutting bandages, so there is a trade off. If you are trying to save room in your Bug Out Bag, then just get these).
PhysiciansCare 90292 First Aid Titanium Bonded Bandage Shears, 7" Bent (Note: If you don't have a problem with space in your Bug Out Bag, get these big paramedic bandage scissors to cut clothing and bandages, and use the Iris scissors to cut sutures with. Cutting clothing and bandages will dull the Iris scissors, which normally have to stay sharp for cutting the jagged skin edges off the lacerations... but how many times will you really use them anyway? Probably not enough that it would make a difference.
The following are an assortment of other helpful - but not absolutely necessary instruments and items. These can include:
Tweezers (sharp edged forceps for removing splinters)
Needle Drivers With Built-in Scissors (these would be additional needle drivers to the one in the kit)
Forceps without teeth (for removing glass and foreign debris from the wound)
Surgical skin stapler (in case you decide staples would be better than sutures for the wound you're dealing with)
Staple removers (required for removing surgical skin staples)
Silver Nitrate sticks (highly recommended as an easy way to stop bleeding)
Glues to close some lacerations
Steri-Strips (Note: Steri-Strips are better quality than Butterfly Closure Bandages)
Benzoin (for putting on the skin before applying Steri-Strips so they stick better)
Additional supplies needed for suturing
Sterile Drapes or Towels
1% Lidocaine (with or without epinephrine) (NOTE: Only available with a prescription in the US)
Bupivacaine (NOTE: Only available with a prescription in the US)
Betadine PVP Povidone Iodine Small Single Use Packs that are great for a first aid, med kit, in your car, backpack or Bug Out Bag. These are all ready to use options that are a great antiseptic for sanitizing nicks, cuts, and scrapes.
Povidone Iodine (Betadine) Swab Sticks (50 - 3 Packs) (Pictured below, these are about 2-3 times larger diameter than a Q-tip. You may want to also purchase a small bottle of Betadine to dip these in for applications that are so sensitive that no pressure can be applied, as sometimes these swabs may need to be more wet with Betadine).
Betadine Povidone Iodine Swab Sticks For Cleaning Surgical Wounds
Povidone Iodine (Betadine) Swab Sticks (50 - 1 Packs) (Same as pictured above, but only 1 swab per pack instead of 3)
Antiseptic Povidone PVP Iodine Swab, 0.018 oz Capacity (Box of 10) (These are 10 small vials that are also great for a first aid, med kit, in your car, backpack or Bug Out Bag. These are more expensive but have longer shelf life compared to the swabs.)
Syringes and Needles
Industrial Syringes with 15G x 1-1/2" Blunt Tip Fill Needle and Plastic Cover, 3 mL (Pack of 10) (3 to 5 ml syringe with 20 -22 gauge needle for drawing up anesthetic)
Plastic Syringe - 20ml Non-Sterile (for filling with water or saline, and washing out the wound under pressure)
Irrigation solution: 1 L normal saline (0.9%) (Note: This is very expensive on Amazon. Per Dr. Chamberlin, just find plain non sterile saline solution from somewhere, or just use clean tap water).
Dressings: Non-adherent dressings, gauze sponges and hypoallergenic tape.
Sutures (Needles and suture material)
Dr. Chamberlin recommends the following online resources for inexpensive nonabsorbable Silk sutures.
Amazon carries nonabsorbable Silk sutures.
eSutures.com (Note: This is a good source for a 30" straight needle suture size 2-0, which would fit any skin laceration suturing application in a Doomsday scenario, and which can be bought as single packages for $3 each. Smaller sutures sizes such as a 5-0 or 6-0 would cause less scarring for an application area such as a face, but a 2-0 suture would be versatile for any area if you only had one available suture size).
AD Surgical (Note: These curved needle silk sutures come in a packet of 12 for approximately $16.50 which is extremely inexpensive)
NOTE: After you click on the AD Surgical link above, scroll down until you see the red "ADD TO CART" buttons. These are the curved needle sutures (picture below) that Dr. Chamberlin recommends. These are curved needle nonabsorbable Silk sutures.
For more information on sutures, refer to the following blog post by Dr. Chamberlin: Learn How to Repair Lacerations with This Super Easy Technique! It is recommended to buy Dr. Chamberlin's medical survival book (linked here: Surviving the Zombie Apocalypse: First Aid Kit Building and Mini Med School for Preppers) to learn even more about suturing and wound care. The book is basically a Mini Medical School that teaches you easy to learn medical and surgical skills for when help will not be on the way. Having this book would be a valuable resource you can take with you whether you Bug In or Bug Out.
YouTube Videos (all by Dr. Ryan Chamberlin and related to sutures)
The following videos demonstrate how to close wounds using various suturing techniques and applications.
To see more medical items that Dr. Ryan Chamberlin (trauma surgeon) recommends for preppers, click "Medical & Dental" in the navigation bar in the upper left.
Caution & Warning
Use at your own risk. Please note that the information provided on this web page is for information only and was provided by Dr. Ryan Chamberlin. TopSurvivalPreps.com and it's owner have no liability or responsibility for anyone using any items described on this web site including this suture kit and all other medical instruments and supplies listed on this page. Suturing wounds should only be performed by trained medical professionals. Preppers may want to secure this kit and other items on this page so that they have them on hand for a trained medical professional in their network, or they may want to pursue the required medical training themselves.
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