3 year old boy has a suture removed from his lip

3 year old boy has a suture removed from his lip

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Caption: MODEL RELEASED. Stitch removal. Nurse removes a suture from the lip of a 3 year old boy. She is using tweezers and a scalpel. Sutures are made of various materials such as catgut, linen, silk, synthetic thread and stainless steel wire. They are used to hold a wound together until it has healed. Skin sutures such as these are removed one to two weeks after insertion. The nurse is wearing rubber gloves to maintain a sterile environment.

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Keywords: boy, child, cut, healthcare, injury, lip, medical, medicine, paediatric child, paediatrics, pediatric, removal, stitch, suture, suture removal, wound

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