Care of Acute Lacerations

  • Bryan Campbell
  • George F. Snell

Abstract

The optimum management of lacerations requires knowledge of skin anatomy and the physiology of wound healing. Such knowledge facilitates proper management of wounds of varying depth and complexity. By understanding the healing process the family physician can maximize the options for repair and minimize the dangers of dehiscence and infection. The goals of primary closure are to stop bleeding, prevent infection, preserve function, and restore appearance. The patient always benefits from a physician who treats the patient gently, handles the tissue carefully, understands anatomy, and appreciates the healing process.1,2

Keywords

Tetanus Toxoid Bite Wound Ethyl Chloride Wound Margin Oral Transmucosal Fentanyl Citrate 
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  • Bryan Campbell
  • George F. Snell

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