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Nurse Jackie: To Suture or Not to Suture - What Would You Do?

Published May 4, 2010 12:33 PM by Valerie Newitt

On this week's episode of Showtime's nurse-centric hit Nurse Jackie,  Jackie (Edie Falco) and BFF Dr. O'Hara (Eve Best) take it upon themselves to stitch up little Fiona's cut lip - right in Jackie's kitchen.

Hmmm.... And exactly how clean is that kitchen table? Do I hear the siren call of bacteria summoning an infection? Jackie's husband, Kevin (Dominic Fumusa), strongly protests the makeshift sewing circle, but his opinion is trumped by the needle-and-thread wielding healthcare workers.

It's an interesting point to ponder: Just because you know how to do something, should you do it? Was Jackie acting in the best interest of her daughter to stitch up her cracked lip? Or was she satisfying some innate urge to exercise her capability?

Have you ever been in a similar dilemma? Is it an everyday reality in the world of nursing? Inquiring minds want to know...


Part of why this show works so well, is because you understand where both sides are comming from. Nurse Jackie is unorthodox but right far more than our own perceptions are willing to admit, as in this make shift stitching.

Oxycontin is better than Percocet, I would think because the Tylenol content is far more dangerous than the opiod. Most people don't know this.

Titus May 6, 2010 12:31 PM
Spring TX

Had my own arm sutured at a doctor friend's house on his kitchen table. I'd do it again too, to avoid all the hassle of going to the hospital just for a few stitches...

Pat Vee May 5, 2010 12:05 PM

I believe its ok. I used to work in home health and most of the procedures are done under clean technique. (Most catheter patents are taught to cath themselves using this technique). Also it just wasnt the nurse/mother present there was a physician  there.

Also taking the child tot he hospital/clinica would have taken the resources/time off oher patients who needed it.

Esther, RN May 4, 2010 3:55 PM

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