What measures should be taken to minimize the risk of wound infection from sutures?

Updated: Mar 05, 2020
  • Author: Desiree Ratner, MD; Chief Editor: Dirk M Elston, MD  more...
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Suture material is a foreign body implanted into human tissues; consequently, it elicits a foreign-body tissue reaction. During wound closure, a sterile field and meticulous aseptic technique are critical to minimize the risk of wound infection. Other complications of wound healing, such as hypertrophic scars, wide scars, and wound dehiscence, may result from patient factors (eg, nutritional status), incorrect suture selection, or a technique that results in excessive tension across the wound.


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