Suture Practice Kit Review – Suturing Training Companion

Suturing is an essential part of any clinical practice, no matter what kinds of medical education you are pursuing or whether you want to become a medical doctor, veterinarian, or nurse. Mastering basic suturing techniques is necessary for all medical professionals. Nothing compares to real skin when it comes to suturing, but you can’t just jump right into practicing on humans. Because of this, a suture practice kit is an ideal option for a medical student to practice suturing.

 

Before practice suture kits appear on the market, medical students’ only choice is tissue from animals like chicken breast and pig feet. However, that’s quite an expensive way to sharpen your suturing skills and nowhere convenient. Things are less appealing, considering that meat is perishable and only lasts for a short time and a few practice sessions. A silicone practice pad, however, is design to withstand multiple practice sessions. Besides, when it comes to cost per training session, a practice suture kit costs only a fraction of what meat costs. Its long-lasting design enables you to start over whenever you made a mistake. The affordable price alleviates the stress of cost peruse and helps you horn your suturing skills in a more focused way.

 

What’s inside a suture practice kit?

Durable Silicone Pad

Suture practice pads simulate the anatomical structure of human tissue with three layers, namely lacerated skin layer, fat layer, and muscle layer, to provide the best human skin and flesh feeling. It seems that most brands on the market have similar silicone pads in the suture training kit, but upon detailed testings from our lab, we found that there are two types of silicone pads available. One model feels a bit hard and looks smooth on the surface; the other type is softer, and the texture feels more like skin.

To prevent ripping the silicone material and thus enhance durability. Most of the suture practice pads are horizontal mesh enhanced, meaning manufacturers insert a vertical mesh layer between the skin and the fat layer. More advanced models have gone further to improve the pad with vertical mesh to aid the practice of deep suturing techniques.

Suture Tools

There are five essential tools for you to get the practice started, namely scalpel handle, needle holder, iris scissors, Adson forceps, and mosquito forceps. These tools are standard equipment you can find from surgical suture kits. Suturing instruments come with a practice suture kits are made from stainless steel, but they might not as durable as surgical-grade tools given the price at which they are selling.

 

 

Suture Threads with Needle

Modern sutures are prepackaged with needles attached and are ready to use right out of the packages. Different Sutures threads consist of various materials like silk, Nylon, Polyester, and Polypropylene, etc. and needles attached to them are of different sizes ranging from 2/0 to 7/0, among which 2/0 to 4/0 are popular sizes for basic training. These variations are necessary because some wounds require different suture threads and needle sizes. For a detailed explanation of sutures thread with needles, check out my recent post Sutures Thread with Needle.

Suture Case

An all-in-one case that holds everything in one place is ideal for you to carry around. However, you might get along with models only to keep suture tools if you put away the silicone pad, sutures threads, and scalpel blades carefully. Some vendors offer zipper bags to hold everything. We suggest you be cautious when using these bags because the scalpel blades and needles are sharp objects that made it easy to harm you when not putting in a hard case.

 

 

Price and recommendation

Critical factors of prices for a practice suture kit include the number of suture threads, quality of suture practice pad, and quality of then suture case.

At sub $30 range, you can only get a couple of suture threads, and the practice pad might not be as durable since the vendors might omit mesh structure to cut costs. You might also be missing a suture case to carry all the materials.

At $30-$35 range, you can get abundant suture thread to practice, and the silicone pads are of better quality with a more robust mesh structure and anti-slip bottom for superior practice and storage experience. The case comes with the kit is capable of putting everything in it and have inner pockets to separate suture threads, tools, and the suture practice pad. At this price range, we recommend products from Medi Architect.

At $35 and above, you will be able to get most of your bang for the buck and have THE BEST learning experience through a complete set of suture thread selections, step-by-step video tutorials, and ebook study guides. At this price range, we recommend Pinnacle Medics and Medical Creations.



Accessories and related training equipment

Hand Book: Surgical Knots and Suturing Techniques

This handbook will assist those studying to become a veterinarian, physician, nurse practitioner, physician’s assistant, emergency medical technician, midwife, podiatrist, research specialist, or food animal producer. Equally important, the book has information for the outdoor enthusiasts or those simply wanting to learn the skills of surgical knot tying. Information about cleaning, sterilization, and preparing a surgical field for closing acute wounds and incisions are included.

Sutures thread with needles

To sharpen your suturing skills into the next level, you might need a lot of practice, so an extra box of suture thread comes in handy when the sutures from your practice kit run out. We recommend this suture thread variety pack because it comes with four different suture types, three distinct needle sizes to help you replenish your suture practice arsenal. We suggest Pinnacle Medics and Matrix Wizard for their quality and price.



Skin Stapler

Skin stapler is very common in some operating rooms. In neurosurgery, doctors would occasionally use a stapler to close up a sizable spinal surgery along the lumbar spine. The most important reason why many clinicians like to use a stapler is that it’s fast and pretty simple. We recommend this skin stapler for its abundant preloaded wires as well as the sturdy stapler remover tool. It’s an excellent add-on to your suture practice kit for emergency practice. You might want to try the top-selling Disposable Skin Stapler and Remover Kit on Amazon.


However, you have to keep in mind that a stapler is going to cause more scars. Therefore, suturing is preferred if there is any cosmetic reason that you want to minimize the scar formation of the laceration as it heals, for example, on body parts like face, neck, hands, or arms that are noticeable.

14 thoughts on “Suture Practice Kit Review – Suturing Training Companion”

  1. Great content! if i ever become a medical doctor, ill definitely get me a suture practice kit. Interesting how they have Suture practice pads that simulate the anatomical structure of human tissue, did not know that.
    There’s even a stapler for skin! ouch haha. Didn’t know that either.

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  2. Hi! Very good article.
    I am going to send this post to someone I know that will benefit from this more than me. I just love to learn new stuff and you explained everything very good step by step.

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  3. That’s a really solid kit. I’m a paramedic and have many friends who are nurses and during my paramedic clinicals I got to sit in and assist with stitching up the back of a patient’s head. I’ve been fascinated ever since. Nice post!

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    • Thank you for the encouragement. I’m so happy that my post will be reached out to targeted audiences. Cheers!

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  4. You give a very thorough explanation of suture practice kits and the options and prices of each. I am wondering though, and excuse me as this question comes from my lack of knowledge in this area – But surely human skin has very different thickness and toughness depending on where on the body we are dealing with. The skin around by heels for example is tough and completely different from the skin on the inside of my forearm. As a layman I would think it would feel quite different putting sutures into a wound or cut on the heel of my foot as opposed to a similar cut on the inside of my arm. It seemed as if these kits only had one kind of synthetic skin to practice on. Or maybe this is not as issue. Thanks and best regards, Andy.

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    • Great question. The texture of the suture pad we tested feels close to the skin at the abdomen area of humans. We think no matter how different texture feels, the goals for the kits are the same: help medical practitioners master the techniques of suturing and close up the wound. Cheers!

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  5. Hello there,
    This is great. I am an operating room nurse, and lots of times medical students throughout my career have asked me for supplies and advice on how to suture or where to find information about suturing. There are plenty of kits out there, and this one is good and relatively cost effective.

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