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Wednesday Transcription Tip- Transcribing Sutures

Posted by Chad Sines on Wed, Aug 17, 2011 @ 07:00 AM

Med-Line Surgical TrainingTranscribing sutures is a common stumbling block for many transcriptionists. Diane Gilmore, one of Med-Line's instructors, has provided this tip to help out.

Suture sizes range from 11-0 (smallest) to 7 (largest).  Thus a size 7 suture is different from and larger than a size 7-0 suture.  Use 0 or 1-0 for single-aught sutures.  Use the "digit hyphen zero" style to express sizes 2-0 through 11-0.  Express sizes 1 through 7 with whole numbers.  Place the # symbol before the size if the word "number" is dictated.  See page 251 of the BOS 3rd ed. for more information about this.

Examples:
1-0 nylon or 0 nylon
2-0 nylon, NOT 00 nylon
4-0 Vicryl, NOT 0000 Vicryl

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