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- Use a medical staple remover
- Slide the lower jaw of the staple remover under the staple and pinch the ends of the tool together
- Clip the staple and pull straight up and then to the side
- Press the handle of the tool until the sides of the staple move up
- Apply sterile wound strips to the incision line after the procedure
-"Use a medical staple remover", "Slide the lower jaw of the staple remover under the staple and pinch the ends of the tool together", "Press the handle of the tool until the sides of the staple move up" and "Apply sterile wound strips to the incision line after the procedure" are correct. A patient who has had surgery may have staples placed that the nurse is commonly asked to remove per physician orders. When removing staples, the nurse uses a medical staple remover and inserts part of the device under the staple and against the skin. By clamping the ends of the device together, the edges of the staples are pulled up and the nurse can pull out the staple.
-"Clip the staple and pull straight up and then to the side" is incorrect because if the staple needs to be pulled to the side, the ends are not completely out of the skin. The nurse must be sure to press the staple remover handle completely down to ensure that the ends of the staple are completely out.
Pullen, R. L. (2003). Removing sutures and staples. Nursing, 33(10), 18. doi:10.1097/00152193-200310000-00023
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