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  1. How are needle identified?
    • Type of suture attached
    • Point
    • Shape of needle
    • Cross-section
    • Size
  2. A needle attached to suture is called what?
  3. The _________ the number of a needle the __________ the needle is
    Lower; larger
  4. What are needle made of?
    Stainless steel or carbon
  5. What type of suture needle has smooth cuts, little resistance and is used for internal sutures?
    Taper needle
  6. What needle is for external sutures or in areas of high resistance?
    Cutting needle
  7. What suture needle is used in external areas or on areas w/ resistance, but are less able to break or bend?
    Reverse cutting
  8. What type of animal has tough skin that may require the use of a reverse cutting needle?
    • Tom cat
    • Cow
    • Ferret
    • Pig
  9. Suture material is used for what?
    • Opposing edges of wounds/incisions
    • Obliterating dead space
    • Ligation
    • Tightening/stabilizing joints (cruciate ligaments)
    • Strengthening/replacing weakend tissue (Diaphragmatic hernia)
  10. What can a positive drawer sign indicate?
    ACL rupture
  11. What are treatments for ACL rupture?
    • TPLO (tibial plateau leveling osteotomy)
    • TTA (tibial tuberosity advancement)
  12. What are characteristics of suture material?
    • Memory
    • Tensile strength
    • Flexibility
    • Absorbability
    • Structure
    • Knot security
    • Color
    • Origin
    • Size
    • Packaging
  13. Plain suture refers to?
    Suture not treated with anything
  14. Chromic suture refers to?
    Suture treated with acid salts that delay absorption rate
  15. Capillary refers to what?
    • Wicking
    • A suture materials ability to absorb liquids
  16. Monofilament suture tends to hold memory more so than multifilament suture.  What does this mean?
    It retains the shape of the package
  17. What is tensile strength?
    How much weight or pull the suture can withstand
  18. What can affect tensile strength?
    Tissue and enzymes
  19. What problem occurs more so with multifilament suture than monofilament?
  20. Knot securuty _________ as suture size _________
    Decreases; increases
  21. Suture sizes range from _____ to ______
    10-O, 3
  22. When are absorbable sutures used?
    When prolonged strength is not required or when infection is present
  23. Non-absorbable suture is used when?
    Tissue rxn needs to be minimized or sutures are left in for more than 2 - 3 wks
  24. Surgical gut causes what type of reaction?
    Inflammatory due to absorption through phagocytosis
  25. This suture is synthetic, absorbable, braided, and looses 65% of it's strength w/in 21 days
    Dexon (Polyglycolic acid)
  26. This type of suture is synthetic, braided, absorbable and looses strength w/in 21 days
    Vicryl (Polyglactin 910)
  27. This suture is synthetic, monofilament, absorbable and retains 69% strength at 42 days
    PDS (Polydioxanone)
  28. This suture material is synthetic, monofilament, absorbable and retains 45% of its strength at 21 days
    Maxon (Polyglyconate)
  29. This suture is synthetic, monofilament, absorbable and is rapidly absorbed
    Monocryl (Polyglecaprone)
  30. This suture type is synthetic, absorbable, monofilament and is rapidly absorbed, only retaining 25% strength at 18 days
    Biosyn (Glycomer 631)
  31. This suture is natural, braided, non-absorbable and can wick
  32. This suture is non-absorbable, natural, does not support bacterial growth and is difficult to handle
    Stainless steel
  33. This suture is synthetic, monofilament or multifilament, non-absorbable and is used where it will be removed
    Nylon (Polyamide)
  34. This suture material is synthetic, non-absorbable, monofilament, and similar to nylon
    Prolene (Polypropylene)
  35. This suture material is synthetic, non-absorbable, highly elastic, and monofilament
    Novafil (Polybutester)
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2012-08-10 16:23:22
Suture needles patterns

General suture knowledge
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