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How do you know if a cut needs stitches?

How do you know if a cut needs 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

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How do you know if they cut needs stitches ?

How do you know if they cut needs stitches ?

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

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How bad does a cut have to be to get stitches?

How bad does a cut have to be to get stitches?

Depth: The need for stitches is determined if the wound would not otherwise heal together well without being approximated, such as in cuts that go into the dermis and beyond. ...Read more

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How deep does a cut have to be to get stitches?

How deep does a cut have to be to get stitches?

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

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How long after a cut can you still get stitches?

How long after a cut can you still get stitches?

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

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How long after a cut is open can they stitch it up?

How long after a cut is open can they stitch it up?

Depends: Great question. Most cuts that are not contaminated or infected can be stitched up within 18 hours, however facial wounds can be closed later, sometimes 24-48 hours later due to the nature of the great blood supply. ...Read more

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I cut my to. How do I know if I need stitches or not?

I cut my to. How do I know if I need stitches or not?

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 more

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Is a papoose board useful when stitching a child's cut?

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

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Is it true you have to be stitched up within 6 hours after a cut?

Is it true you have to be stitched up within 6 hours after a cut?

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