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Introduction to Nursing Research
Research Critique, Part 2
This research critique is an article called Comparison of suture types in the closure of scalp wounds written by Joseph Bonham and published in Emergency Nurse. In the emergency room two different types of sutures permanent and non permanent sutures are used as well as glue for lacerations. Scalp wounds are difficult as pressure to wound as well as the hair of the scalp. The research discusses the end result of the research the amount of scaring left after the wound has healed.
Protection of Human Participants
The benefits of the participation of this study for participants is to see if there can be a more …show more content…
The time factor limited the author’s time for a complete and accurate study. Each participant came in for a follow-up in how many days? It did not state. Most sutures are removed in five to seven days and this is not enough time to properly assess how a scar has healed. The one factor is that all the scars were assessed at approximately the same amount of time. The author does state it could take between six and twelve months for scar maturation. The benefit to nursing is to be able to address a patient in an emergency setting with absorbable sutures to provide a savings to the patient. The emergency department will also be able to save time to care for other patients as less follow-up care would be needed.
The purpose of this study was to address scalp lacerations for an emergency department to make a functional repair. Many other factors are to be considered in scar healing and outcomes and should be addressed in another study for a longer time for follow-up. Further research should continue in regards to the scalp lacerations and sutures to be able to validate the findings. This was a very interesting study.
Bonham, J. (2011). Comparison of suture types in the closure of scalp wounds. Emergency Nurse, 19(3), 34-39.
Coughlan, M., Cronin, P., & Ryan, F. (2007). Step by step guide to critiquing research.