Welcome to Closing the Gap: an educational site dedicated to improving expertise of both novice and experienced health care practitioners dealing with acute wound care.
This blog features how-to videos on basic and advanced suturing techniques commonly used for acute traumatic lacerations treated in an emergency room, urgent care, or family practice office environment.
Further topics covered within this site include:
- Tips & tricks for optimal treatment of wounds in specific anatomic regions and unique situations in soft tissue injury which a provider may encounter.
- An ongoing blog discussing interesting cases, notable publications, & controversies in acute wound care
- A guide to nerve blocks which can be used for regional anesthesia by a qualified medical provider to aid in pain-free laceration repair.
- Patient resources, to answer some commonly answered questions regarding acute laceration aftercare and to demystify procedures in a patient-friendly manner.
The intended audiences of this site are physicians & other providers (eg Physician Assistants, Nurse Practitioners) who provide acute wound care. Others with aspirations in the field (students and premeds) and those who work in related fields (eg EMTs, paramedics) are also welcome audiences. The site is a non-restricted, Free Open Access Medical Education (FOAMed) resource. As such, the site is searchable and I ask that others outside of the fields above view the pages within the site with discretion. It is not meant to be viewed by children, as many of the images are graphic and can be disturbing.
Where applicable, patient/parental consent has been obtained for use of the images in the videos and photographs used on the site. I am thankful to the patients who consented to have photographs taken of their injuries during various of healing who have enriched the educational experience created on this site.