Issue Surgical Instruments to Each Student

For the last several years, we have given a zip-locked bag of surgical instruments, rope, and suture to each M3 student for them to keep for the duration of their clerkship.

The essential contents include:

  • Needle Driver
  • Forceps with Teeth
  • Straight Scissors
  • 34″ of nylon, corded rope, 1/4″, with the ends fused
  • Suturing material
Essential elements of the suturing kit.
Essential elements of the suturing kit.

We also provide them links to download the excellent Ethicon Knot Tying and Wound Closure Manuals.

Ethicon ™ Knot Tying Manual may be downloaded here.

Ethicon ™ Wound Closure Manual may be downloaded here.

The concept originated as an attempt to improve student surgical skills and surgical instrument exposure.

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Notes from a Medical Educator