A new compound curved needle for intradermal suture closure

Michael R. Abidin, Daniel G. Becker, Richard D. Paley, Allen Doctor, Jay J. Westwater, Walter McGregor, Richard F. Edlich

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A new compound curved needle has been designed and developed for intradermal suture closure from a unique stainless steel alloy, American Society of Testing Materials (ASTM) 45500. This needle has a short, straight, sharpened point with a reverse cutting edge, followed by a curved distal section. Despite its geometry, it exhibited a similar resistance to bending and breakage as did a curved needle with a single radius of curvature manufactured from the same alloy. The design of this new needle enabled the physician to pass it through the dermis with a greater accuracy to a controlled depth and length of bite than curved cutting edge needle with a single radius of curvature.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)441-444
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Emergency Medicine
Issue number5
StatePublished - 1989


  • dermis
  • needle
  • stainless steel
  • suture


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