Cuts or Lacerations (cont.)
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Prevention for Cuts and Lacerations
The bottom line is to use common sense. In a perfect world of preventive medicine, people would not get into fights, shoes would always be worn outside, glass doors would not exist, the left hand would not be used as a cutting board, lawn mowers would be turned off before removing jammed material, and people would always wear seat belts. If all this occurred, Emergency Departments would see far fewer cuts.
Outlook Following Cut or Laceration Care
Infection is the biggest medical concern in the first few weeks.
Scarring is a big concern. Although good wound care gives the best chance of a smaller scar, there are several factors you can't control:
There are some things you can do to help minimize the possibility of scarring:
Medically reviewed by John A. Daller, MD; American Board of Surgery with subspecialty certification in surgical critical care
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 11/29/2016
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