June 22, 2021

Learning Objectives


  1. Understand and perform standard infection prevention (Wound Care/Prep)
  2. Identify appropriate instruments used to suture and know how to handle them properly:
    1. Needle driver
    2. Forceps
    3. Scissors
  3. Know the difference between types of suture and how that suture is utilized
    1. Needle size/type and suture size/type
    2. Absorbable and non-absorbable
    3. Prolene, Vicryl, Silk
  4. Be able to perform the following procedures:
    1. Knot tying (including one-handed tie)
    2. Simple interrupted
    3. Securing chest tubes, pigtails and JP drains
    4. Running subcuticular suturing for Port closure, access incisions, and thoracotomies
    5. Proper site dressing if one is needed

         5. Discuss the basic expectations of thoracic surgery (attending preferences)

Course summary
Course opens: 
Course expires: 
Event starts: 
06/22/2021 - 9:14am EDT
Event ends: 
06/22/2021 - 11:00am EDT

Accreditation and credit designation 

In support of improving patient care, the University of Pittsburgh is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team. 

Nursing (CNE) 

The maximum number of hours awarded for this Continuing Nursing Education activity is __ contact hours. 

Physician Assistant (AAPA) 

The University of Pittsburgh has been authorized by the American Academy of PAs (AAPA) to award AAPA Category 1 CME credit for activities planned in accordance with AAPA CME Criteria. This activity is designated for ___ AAPA Category 1 CME credits. PAs should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation.   

Other Healthcare Professionals 

Other health care professionals will receive a certificate of attendance confirming the number of contact hours commensurate with the extent of participation in this activity. 

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