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21st-century knitting needles - improving surgical suturing

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Description From our What A Year! series: Dr. Liu is a pediatric surgeon who is currently doing research in microsurgery in Dr. Gary Visner's organ transplantation laboratory at Boston Children's Hospital. Rather than knitting colorful accessories, Dr. Liu uses his needles to sew skin back together. Nevertheless, surgical needles in the 21st century are still modeled after the common knitting needle. The C-shaped surgical knitting needles Dr. Liu uses require two hands to function: one to hold the needle and create the hole for the suture, the other to hold tweezers and pull the suture through. The process can be cumbersome, your hands can get tired, and there is more possibility for tissue damage and human error.
Type of Resource Non-journal Article, Online Tool
Format Web Page - HTML
Andrea Gwosdow, Gwosdow Associates
Development Date April 2, 2015
Grade/Age Levels High School lower division (Grades 9-10)
High School upper division (Grades 11-12)
Undergraduate lower division (Grades 13-14)
Undergraduate upper division (Grades 15-16)
General Public
National Science
Educational Standards
Evidence, models, and explanation (K-12), Understandings about scientific inquiry (K-12)
Learning Time <=1 hour
Language English
Type of Review Reviewed by Partner Organization
Review Date April 16, 2015
Funding Source Other , MSMR members and donors
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