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Laceration Repair
What is it? Overview Usage Side Effects and Warnings

Laceration Repair Usage

Written by FoundHealth.

Reasons for Procedure

Minor lacerations (shallow, small, not bleeding, and clean) may not require medical attention. Antibiotic ointment and a bandage may be all that is needed. Some lacerations do require repair. Reasons for seeking medical attention include:

  • Muscle, fat, tendon, or bone is exposed
  • Dirt and debris can be seen in the wound or remain after irrigation and cleaning
  • It feels as if something is in the wound, even if you cannot see any debris
  • Wound is at risk for developing tetanus (eg, is deep, associated with a crush injury or burn, or contaminated with feces, dirt, or saliva)
  • You have never received a total of at least 3 doses of tetanus immunization (routine childhood immunizations gives a dose at ages 2, 4, 6, and 15-18 months), it has been more than 5 years since your last tetanus immunization, or you are unsure of your tetanus status
  • Manifestations of tetanus develop 3-21 days after wound occurred: spasm or rigidity of muscles in jaw, neck, abdomen, or an area near the wound
  • Bleeding continues after applying direct pressure for 10-15 minutes
  • Edges of the wound are jagged or uneven
  • Wound is more than 1/8 to 1/4 inch deep, is located over a joint, and/or extends into the joint-space (knee, knuckle, wrist, ankle)
  • Edges of the wound cannot easily be moved together or aligned
  • Wound is located at an area of high stress (joints, hands, feet, chest)
  • To decrease risk of unsightly scarring

Note:If you are not sure if a wound needs to be repaired, go to the hospital.



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