A more recent article on laceration repair is available. Patient information: See related handout on taking care of healing cuts , written by the author of this article. Skin laceration repair is an important skill in family medicine. Sutures, tissue adhesives, staples, and skin-closure tapes are options in the outpatient setting.
British Association of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons
Essentials of Skin Laceration Repair - American Family Physician
We present the case of a year-old male who presented to the ED as a trauma activation who suffered multiple injuries including complex full-thickness lacerations to his face. While there are scenarios in which consulting a specialist is necessary, knowledge and application of basic wound closure principles allows for many complex lacerations to be repaired by EPs. We provide a helpful systematic approach to evaluating and treating complex facial lacerations in the ED. Approximately eight million patients present to emergency departments ED in the United States every year with laceration injuries. Given that laceration injuries represent a significant volume of ED visits, emergency physicians EP should be comfortable treating these injuries. We present a patient who suffered a complex facial laceration that was managed in the ED. A year-old male presented to the ED as a trauma activation.
Patient information : See related handout on taking care of healing cuts. The goals of laceration repair are to achieve hemostasis and optimal cosmetic results without increasing the risk of infection. Many aspects of laceration repair have not changed over the years, but there is evidence to support some updates to standard management.
Once you are asleep the wound will be cleaned before it is stitched. The wound is usually closed in several layers, ie: some stitches are placed underneath the skin to hold the deeper tissues together before the skin surface is stitched. The deeper stitches are made of a dissolvable material, and so they do not need to be removed since they disappear on their own.