Lacerations (Cuts & Scratches)
A doctor should evaluate deep or uneven lacerations. Stitches, steri-strips, or butterfly bandages are used to close the wound .
Infection is a primary concern following a wound. Make sure that your tetanus booster shot is up-to-date. Tetanus booster shots should be received every ten years.
Am I at Risk
People at risk for falls have a higher risk of lacerations. Older adults have a higher risk of lacerations because with age the skin becomes thinner and more vulnerable to injury.
Depending on the location and depth of a laceration, significant blood loss may occur. Deep lacerations can affect muscles, nerves, and major blood vessels. You should seek emergency medical treatment if you have a severe laceration.
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