Repair of penetrating cardiac injury using skin staples

Tenn Med. 1996 Jul;89(7):249-51.


Cardiac stapling is a highly effective technique in the management of hemorrhage from penetrating cardiac injuries. It may allow the salvage of patients with multiple cardiac lacerations who would not otherwise survive following standard suture techniques for repair. Cardiac stapling is probably not indicated in complex injury cases such as those from gunshot, and the trauma surgeon must use judgment in applying the staple technique, though its use for cardiography in the ED and the OR will minimize the risk of contamination of personnel from a needle stick from the repair portion of the surgical procedure. Staplers are readily available, easy to use and safe to surgical personnel, and they provide rapid and effective hemostasis.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Heart Injuries / surgery*
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Surgical Stapling / instrumentation*
  • Surgical Stapling / methods
  • Wounds, Stab / surgery*