What equipment is needed for a complex lip laceration?

Updated: Aug 25, 2020
  • Author: Gretchen S Lent, MD; Chief Editor: Erik D Schraga, MD  more...
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Personal protective equipment is as follows:

  • Gloves

  • Face shield

  • Gown

Anesthesia equipment is as follows:

  • Topical anesthetic

  • Lidocaine, typically with epinephrine to reduce bleeding

  • Syringe, 10 mL

  • Needle, 27 gauge (ga)

  • Needle, 18 ga

Irrigation equipment is as follows:

  • Saline or tap water [10]

  • Syringe or irrigation device

  • Splash shield

  • Basin

Suture material is as follows:

  • Absorbable sutures (eg, plain gut, chromic gut), 4-0 or 5-0 [11]

  • Nonabsorbable sutures (eg, nylon), 6-0

  • Suture tray

  • Suture kit

Assembled equipment is shown in the image below.

Equipment for the anesthesia, irrigation, and clos Equipment for the anesthesia, irrigation, and closure of a lip laceration.

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