Sam Powdrill

I am a PA teaching at the University of KY PA program. My wife and I were at Tenwek Hospital for 13 years where we worked in Ophthalmology.


Breakout Session
Main Building ED 216/217

The skills of wound management and suturing are frequently needed by medical and nursing professionals in mission settings. Often there is not a surgeon available, and the next most qualified person to take care of the patient may be you. Accurate suturing skills are an important part of acute wound management which can be performed well with a little training in careful technique. This workshop is a practical hands-on approach to suturing for non-surgeons. We will walk you step by step through closure of a wound. Basic, easy to use, but reliable techniques of suturing will be introduced or reviewed. This session will include a demonstration and practice of:
• the basics of wound healing and closure
• guidelines for choosing the correct suture and needle
• correct knot tying methods ( for right or left handed persons)
• wound closure with a variety of suturing techniques
• common pitfalls
• practical tips on improving your technique.
Space will be limited to medical, nursing professionals, or students in these professions. Sign up early.


• use standard appropriate suturing materials and instruments for uncomplicated wounds
• instill local anesthetic in uncomplicated wounds safely and effectively
• safely perform simple interrupted and running suture closures of uncomplicated wounds