REPAIR OF LACERATIONS
A laceration is a wound caused by a sharp object producing edges that may be jagged, dirty, or bleeding. Lacerations most often affect the skin, but any tissue may be lacerated, including subcutaneous fat, tendon, muscle, or bone.After occurring lacerations, they should be repaired very soon in order to avoid get infected. A Laceration is repaired so that wound can heal quickly, risks of infection can be minimized and to avoid premature splitting of sutures (dehiscence), and poor cosmetic result.
It is wise to repair a laceration when it:
- Continues to bleed after application of pressure for 10-15 minutes.
- Is more than one-eighth to one-fourth inch deep.
- Exposes fat, muscle, tendon, or bone.
- Causes a change in function surrounding the area of the laceration.
- Is dirty or has visible debris in it.
- Is located in an area where an unsightly scar is undesirable