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Keywords

Aluminum chloride hemostasis, ferrous subsulfate hemostasis, shave, skin biopsy

 

Authors

  1. Twede, Katherine Ada (Dermatologic Medical Assistant)

Abstract

ABSTRACT: Nurse practitioners (NPs) are frequently called on to assess and diagnose patients presenting with suspicious or aggravated skin lesions. Performing shave biopsies and removing small neoplasms can be within the scope of a general NP. We offer a thorough review of shave biopsy methods, including required materials, photographic documentation, blade preparation and orientation, and hemostasis techniques. Diagnostic considerations when choosing a shave versus other biopsy techniques are reviewed as is the removal of lesions in cosmetically sensitive areas. Finally, a unique tip to diminish intraprocedure bleeding using aluminum chloride before procedure initiation is presented.