FACTS TO KNOW IF YOU HAPPEN TO NEED STITCHES
By: Elena Jamscek
- Cuts caused by CLEAN OBJECTS can be stitched up to 18 hours after the injury.
- Head wounds can be stitched up to 24 hours after the injury.
- Using drinking water instead of sterile saline to clean the wound has not shown to increase the risk of infection. SO…CLEAN IT OUT!
- If your doctor wears non sterile gloves to stitch you up, that’s fine. There is no increase risk of infection when a laceration is sewn up with a doctor wearing non sterile gloves versus sterile gloves.
- You may need a tetanus shot. So, keep a record of your last one.
It is possible that depending on the depth and location of the cut you may need to be at the ER but most of the time we can take care of you at 45 URGENT CARE!
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