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Does My Cut Need Stitches
Gaping & movement: If mainly depends on the location of the cut, the age of it, how big it is, how much it gapes open, and how much the edges move with the part of body with the cut is moved. Get seen if concerned. ...Read more
Wound care: May need stitches if wound depth > 1/4”, wound edges are gaping or jagged or if fat / muscle is visibly extending from wound. See: http://www.mayoclinic.org/first-aid/first-aid-cuts/basics/art-20056711 ...Read more
Length more impt: Stitches are required when the edges of the wound or cut, cannot easily - naturally - come together or are on a stress area which will cause a cut to continuously re-open. The depth is less important - for instance many stab wounds do not requires suturing but just a piece of tape across the opening. ...Read more
Depends on how dirty: Or contaminated the wound is. Closing a bacterially-loaded wound only puts a "lid on a garbage can" and often ends up with deeper tissue infection or worse scarring/healing issues. The "golden period" for fresh wound closure is longer nowadays, and longer for facial or scalp injuries, but recent studies show that most wounds can still be successfully closed up to 19 hours. Sooner is better! ...Read more
Depends: That would depend on the depth of the wound. Important points - depending on what you cut it with you may need a tetanus shot (unless you are upto date), you also have to make sure you didn;t cut any tendons, so make sure you have good motion of the digit, loook out for signs of infection. If bleeding stops easy, apply an antibiotic i.E Bacitracin and a bandaid. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Occasionally: The papoose board is sometimes helpful in restraining a wiggly infant for a procedure such as stitches.Utility is limited by location of the cut , size of the child & preference. I often use bed sheets in a cocoon wrap to do the same thing. ...Read more
Primary closure: Primary closure if a wound is > 8 hrs old can be a gray zone. Wounds on face /head have more leeway. The wound would usually have to have been cleaned properly & should be a “clean”wound. There are some fresh wounds that one would not want to do a primary closure on like bite wounds or heavily contaminated wounds. ...Read more
Please get it: Checked if your wound is gaping with exposure of fat. ...Read more
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