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Dr. Smith's Helpful Tips Posts Tagged as Laceration Care

April's Tip of the Month

Published 04/01/2018

Lacerations occur from many causes, but some are more common than others. If you get a laceration, be sure to clean it immediately with either soap and water or peroxide.  Lacerations only have limited time to be sewn up, usually within the first 12 to 24 hours, sooner is always better.  Stitching one too late can lead to wound infections.

Be especially careful when doing the following activities.   As a disproportionate number of cuts occur from these activities.   Such as using a mandolin slicer, cutting avocados, removing broken glassware from the dishwasher or sink and putting away or unpacking knives.  Take your time with these and activities and be careful!!

If you a get a laceration be sure to check your tetanus shot records.  If it has been more than 10 years since your last shot you need to be immunized.  If you don’t have your own records, you can check the dates with your Primary Care Doctor.  Tetanus is extremely serious so be sure to come in if you are due!!