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Assisted Instrument Tie to Close Scalp Wounds

Ami Saraiya, MS; Laura Bukavina, MS; Robert T. Brodell, MD; Ashish C. Bhatia, MD
JAMA Dermatol. 2013;149(1):115-116. doi:10.1001/jamadermatol.2013.1067.
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Performing closures of scalp wounds can be challenging, especially when patients are unwilling to undergo hair clipping at the operative site.

Correspondence: Dr Bhatia, 2155 CityGate Lane, Ste 225, Naperville, IL 60563 (ashish@derm.md).

Conflict of Interest Disclosures: Dr Brodell has served as a consultant to Galderma, Sirius Laboratories, Medicis, and Genentech; he has conducted or participated in clinical trials for Galderma, Genentech, Allergan, and Dow; and he has served on speakers' bureaus for Allergan, Sandoz-Novartis, Galderma, GlaxoSmithKline, Dermik, and Genentech. Dr Bhatia has served as a consultant for Ethicon and SimSkin; he has received honoraria from Ethicon and owns stock in SimSkin.

Additional Contributions: We thank Sarah Ahearn, RN, and Rachel Seacrest, MA, for their excellent assistance in the filming and photography for this manuscript.

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Figure 1. The tail end of the dark suture is quickly identified against the light-colored glove of the assistant.

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Figure 2. The dark suture blends in with the patient's hair.

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