Lacerations are deep cuts or tears in the skin and typically indicate a serious injury. While lacerations can range from mild to severe, they almost always require treatment in order to properly heal. Treatment for lacerations often includes sterilization and covering of the wound to prevent infection. This also helps to speed up recovery times.
How are lacerations treated?
The treatment of lacerations is a standard wound care procedure, and often involves the following:
Stop Blood Flow: Blood flow can be stopped or restricted by applying firm pressure to the laceration with a clean cloth or gauze.
Clean The Wound: Cleaning the wound is vital to prevent infection. Cool, running water can remove dirt and debris from the wound, which should then be cleaned with a sterile cloth, warm water, and mild soap.
Apply Antibiotic Ointment: This helps to protect the wound from infection-causing bacteria. The wound should be cleaned with soap and water daily, with a fresh bandage applied every time. For minor lacerations, the bandage may be removed after a couple of days to promote healing.
When should I seek treatment for a laceration?
It is imperative to seek medical attention immediately if:
- The wound is on the face
- The area feels numb
- The wound is deep or jagged
- Fat, muscle, or bone is visible
- The laceration is over a joint
- The wound is caused by a bite (animal or human)
- It has been more than 5 years since your last tetanus shot
You are experiencing signs of infection, such as:
- Draining pus
- Increased pain or tenderness
If you receive a laceration and experience any of the following, call 911 or go to the emergency room right away:
- A cut is bleeding severely
- Blood is spurting out
- Bleeding cannot be stopped or slowed after 10 minutes of continuous, steady pressure
Laceration treatment aims to reduce the chance of infection, promote proper and expeditious healing, and prevent permanent scarring.
How long do lacerations take to heal?
The length of time it takes for a laceration to heal depends on its cause, the severity of the wound, the treatment provided and some underlying health conditions. For healthy adults and children, most lacerations should heal within two weeks. It may take longer to heal for more severe lacerations, if the patient smokes, if the patient has diabetes or if the patient has a weakened immune system.
What are lacerations caused by?
Lacerations refer to torn skin or jagged wounds and can range from mild and shallow to deep and severe. Lacerations are most commonly caused by sharp objects such as knives or broken glass and blunt force impacts, although they can be caused by anything that cuts or tears the skin.
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