Background. Needle sticks are one of the most common and feared occupational hazards that surgeons face. Objective. To devise a safer and more efficient suturing method. Methods. A cuticular stitch that minimizes direct contact with the needle is described. The literature is searched for similar suturing methods. Results. Decreased direct contact with the needle lowers the risk for inadvertent sticks. Efficiency is improved when superfluous steps are eliminated from the suturing technique. Conclusion. Single-handed needle holder loading enhances safety while optimizing efficiency during the placement of cuticular stitches.
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