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Whitney Removes Surgical Staples!

August 7th, 2009 – by Emily Benner

I have one really great experience during my last week at my internship. One of the friendlier doctors walked up to me and asked if I would like to take out staples! Of course, I jumped at the chance to do something new and exciting. He told me that I would be removing about thirty staples on a patient that had hip replacement surgery. He also told me that he would come get me when the staples were ready to come out. A few hours later, the doctor told me that the patient was ready. He showed me how to take one of the staples out and he said that the rest I would take out on my own. The really cool part is that taking staples out of someone’s leg is just like taking staples of paper. I took the staples out one by one; it took me about five minutes. Then I put steri-strips over the patient’s incision. This was a really great experience; I am so glad that I was able to do it.

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