A tip for suturing those tricky scalp wounds

DR MAGGIE MACKAY, of Kirwan in northern Queensland, sends in a suggestion for suturing scalp wounds, which tend to be messy, hairy affairs.

She uses size 3-0 chromic catgut and ties a knot at one end of the wound, then uses a blanket stitch (far quicker than individual sutures) to close the wound and ties off at the other end at skin level with a second knot.

The patient is instructed to wash their hair every day and Dr Mackay rechecks them in one week.

The catgut should have dissolved. There is usually no need to remove stitches, but if the knots are still hanging around they are