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ONLINE SUTURE COURSE

Most Advanced Practice Providers receive minimal training in suturing and wound repair. 

Online Suture Course bridges this gap between training and practice.

Physician Associate / Assistant Accredited

Advanced Practice Nurse / Nurse Practitioner Accredited

AAPA and ANCC Accredited

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online suture course The Core Course

The Online Suture Course (15.0 Contact Hours, 2.0 Pharmacology Hours) is an online, asynchronous laceration and wound repair course with 15.0 total AAPA and ANCC contact hours, including 2.0 ANCC pharmacology hours (ANCC contact hours are accepted by the AANP).

Course participants receive training in 11 closure methods through 34 modules and 10 case studies, covering 3 anesthesia methods as well as the A.C.E. F.A.S.T. Closure Method™.

The course is available by itself, or bundled with some extras.  All course bundles include downloadable MP3 and MP4 course audio and video, as well as a digital course workbook.

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With an average rating of 4.3 / 5 as reported by over 3,200 course participants, OSC is a proven source for high-yield continuing medical education.

Choose How You Want to Take the Course

HYBRID ONLINE / ZOOM

Our 2 Day Live Event brought to you via the Zoom Cloud – watch the event as a Zoom attendee without time restrictions and with plenty of bonus, unplanned content.

The entire Online Suture Course covering close to 40 learning modules and 11 closure techniques sounds great. But we’re going to add The Skin Course in all of its fullness covering over 80 high-yield dermatology topics, incision and drainage, ultrasound evaluation of soft tissue disorders, and skin biopsies. This perfect combination is our CME Value Pack and you can choose to add a deluxe practice suture kit, a copy of the best pocket companion available, the WhiteCoat Suture Manual, and you can even add a course USB drive and a Zoom session with the instructor. Click below to learn more.

– The Online Suture Course AND The Skin Course
– Over 120 learning modules
– 11 closure techniques
– Incision and drainage training
– Ultrasound training
– Skin biopsy training
– 30 hours of AAPA and ANCC Accredited CME/CE
– 12.0 hours of ANCC Pharmacology CE

ONLINE ONLY

OSC CORE AND NOMAD

OSC Core (15.0 Contact Hours, 2.0 Pharmacology Hours) is the backbone of our suturing course.  It is the course in its entirety in an online, asynchronous format.  OSC Core offers 15.0 total AAPA and ANCC contact hours, including 2.0 ANCC pharmacology hours.  ANCC contact hours are accepted by the AANP.  With OSC Core, course participants receive training in 11 closure methods through 34 modules and 10 case studies, covering 3 anesthesia methods as well as the A.C.E. F.A.S.T. Closure Method™.  All course versions include downloadable MP3 and MP4 course audio and video, as well as a digital course workbook.

OSC NOMAD contains OSC Core and also puts all of the course content on a USB drive, useful for internet-challenging geographic areas, travel, or simply as a personal copy of the content.

For either Core or NOMAD, the word Deluxe indicates that it comes with a practice kit for learning suturing techniques.  This kit includes 8 various size sutures, a laceration tray, a skin stapler and staple remover, and a kit box.  The kit does not contain any practice medium due to our belief that skin-on chicken thighs, bananas, or pig feet offer a much better human skin analogue than ballistic gel and other inorganic mediums.

OSC Core from $229

Full Course, Online Asynchronous Forever Access

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11 Closure Methods

You will learn the proper way to perform the following closure techniques:

Steri-Strips
Skin Adhesive
Skin Stapling
Simple Interrupted
Simple Continuous
Horizontal Mattress
Vertical Mattress
Interrupted Cruciate
Corner Stitch
Running Locking
Dog Ear Deformity Correction
Multi-Layer Closure

10 Exciting Case Studies

Anti-coagulated geriatric versus rusty attic nail
Histrionic 4-year old chin versus floor
Hunter versus his own finger
Dizzied middle-age ear versus night-stand
Heavy-weight walker’s knee versus the track
Inebriated toe versus some rocks
Strapping lad’s lower leg versus the farm
Pediatric scalp versus coffee table
Middle-aged scalp (and c-spine) versus the dangers of living by yourself in middle age
Living room dancer’s buttocks versus (again) coffee table

3 Anesthesia Approaches

Local Infiltration
Digital Block
Field Block

ENP Credit Hours

This course provides 15.0 of 30 contact hours required by the AAENP under Option 1 for the ENP certification exam.

A.C.E. F.A.S.T. Closure Method

Learn to ace your closures every time through the A.C.E. F.A.S.T. Closure Method.  This method, developed by OSC creator Patton Graham, will improve your throughput times, bolster your medicolegal defensibility, enhance your charting, and fortify your patient outcomes.

34 Learning Modules

  • When and When Not to Close
  • The A.C.E. F.A.S.T. Closure® Method
  • Proper Anesthesia Delivery
  • Proper Wound Cleansing
  • Proper Wound Examination
  • Foreign Body Removal
  • Antibiotic Appropriateness
  • When to Seek Surgical Consultation
  • Current Tetanus Guidelines
  • Closure Basics Including Line and Needle Selection
  • Proper Knot Tying
  • Left-handed suturing
  • Repair of Torso Lacerations
  • Repair of Extremity Lacerations
  • Repair of Head and Neck Lacerations
  • Repair of Scalp Lacerations
  • Repair of Eyelid Lacerations
  • Repair of Ear Lacerations
  • Repair of Lip Lacerations
  • Repair of Nailbed Lacerations
  • Repair of Flap Lacerations
  • Repair of Buccal Lacerations
  • Repair of Tongue Lacerations
  • Repair of Joint Capsule Lacerations
  • Nail Trephination
  • Dog Ear Deformity Correction
  • Undermining
  • Multi-layer Suturing
  • SPECIAL TOPIC: Treatment of Animal Bites
  • SPECIAL TOPIC: Treatment of Open Fractures
  • SPECIAL TOPIC: Pediatric Lacerations
  • SPECIAL TOPIC: Lacerations in the Anticoagulated Patient
  • SPECIAL TOPIC: Managing Poorly Healing Lacerations
  • SPECIAL TOPIC: C-spine Management and Imaging Related to Traumatic Head and Neck Lacerations
  • BONUS: Appropriate Follow-up Care
  • BONUS: Medicolegal Tips and Nuggets

Learn multiple techniques for simple and complex closures

  • Steri-strips
  • Skin Adhesive
  • Staples
  • Simple Interrupted
  • Simple Continuous
  • Horizontal Mattress
  • Vertical Mattress
  • Interrupted Cruciate
  • Corner Stitch
  • Running Locking
  • Dog Ear Deformity Correction
  • Multi-layer Closure
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Discussion of Medicolegal Implications and Pitfalls

  • Defensive charting tips
  • What to verbalize to your patients (or their parents)
  • Essential discharge instructions
  • Avoiding common pitfalls that could result in lawsuit
  • Discussion of the most important way to avoid being sued
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An Entire Module on Pediatric Lacerations

  • Dealing with kids and their parents
  • Building rapport with your pediatric patient
  • Pediatric analgesia tips
  • Pediatric moderate sedation procedures
  • Pediatric case studies
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Extensive Anesthesia and Pharmacology Discussion

  • Local infiltration
  • Digital blocks
  • Field blocks
  • Moderate sedation 
  • Amide family (the “caines”) anesthetics

More Reasons to Buy the Course

Regardless of your level of experience with wound closure and care, OSC will enhance your skill set in the areas of suturing, stapling, gluing, and managing simple to complex lacerations.  You will learn when to seek surgical consultation, how to deal with animal bites, when not to close a wound, and much more.

Online access makes learning and earning much easier.  OSC is a fully online, asynchronous suture training course.  This puts you in the driver’s seat for deciding when and where to enrich your practice.  It also puts the captain’s hat squarely on your brow for deciding at what pace you earn CME credit.

High-definition video makes learning very real-to-life.  Using state-of-the-art, high-definition video technology, OSC brings you right to the heart of the wound and guides you through repairs every step of the way.  You will learn, with crystal clarity, how to repair lacerations using simple interrupted, interrupted cruciate, running-locking, vertical mattress, and many more techniques.  You will learn how to tie knots correctly.  You will learn essentially everything there is to know about wound repair.

Accredited CE.  The OSC Suture Training Course is approved for 15.0 contact hour(s) of continuing education by the American Academy of Physician Assistants.  The American Association of Nurse Practitioners and the American Nurses Credentialing Association both accept AAPA CME credit hours.

Learn from an experienced family and emergency nurse practitioner.  With years of experience as an emergency department provider, as well as collegiate level teaching experience, Patton is able to quickly explain, demonstrate, and prepare you to emulate simple and complex techniques, as well as fully enhance your current level of practice and understanding.  He’s also a real person and makes learning fun.

Not a bare-bones essentials course.  OSC will bring you to the front of your field in suture repair.  OSC is a head-to-toe suture training course and will fully enhance your practice of wound closure.

Your charting will never be the same.  OSC is full of high-yield MEDICOLEGAL NUGGETS and advises you on what to chart, and when to chart it.  Your clinical documentation will improve.  Your patient outcomes will improve.  And, your foundation for medicolegal defense will be enhanced.

Learn suturing through the A.C.E. F.A.S.T. Closure® method.  Developed by Patton Graham, NP-C, the A.C.E. F.A.S.T. Closure® method will help you ace your closures every time.  This method-approach to wound closure will surprise you at how easy it is to both remember and implement.

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