HOSA students practice suturing

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BISMARCK, N.D. - HOSA, the Future Health Professionals Organization for students were up early Tuesday morning at Legacy High school for some hands-on learning from a medical professional.

Orthopedic surgeon Dr. Duncan Ackerman really put his best foot forward leading the HOSA students in a suturing lesson Tuesday morning.

These pre-pre-med students are practicing suturing or what some people refer to as stitches.

“Now we're all practicing suturing two different types of sutures. One is a simple suture and the other is a horizontal mattress suture,” said senior Tiana Staudinger.

Usually HOSA students practice this on a banana or potato.

“I tried it out and today we got to suture pigs feet, which was exciting. I think we learned a lot today,” said sophomore Gage Gunn.

“I think this really benefits us. It's an amazing experience. It's really cool that we could have someone come in and teach us because now we just have a little bit of insight before we go into college,” said Staudinger.

Students say they were grateful to actually practice suturing, rather than being lectured on it.

“Personally I think hands-on is best for everybody I mean for different careers, activities, and stuff it's always better to actually do it instead of just preparing for it using a note packet or computer or something,” said Gunn.

It was no problem for the students to get up a little earlier to participate, and in case you were wondering, they all managed to keep their breakfast down.

HOSA is a national career and technical student organization endorsed by the U.S. Department of Education.

At Legacy they meet once every other week.

You can find them on Facebook at Legacy High School HOSA.