Care of Acute Lacerations
Lacerations represent a common clinical problem in both physicians’ offices and emergency rooms. Although they are seldom life-threatening, they are usually sustained traumati-cally and are often associated with a high degree of emotional upset of the patient, parent, or accompanying family member. Calmness and reassurance, coupled with thorough and competent treatment, are essential for optimal handling of both the trauma and the emotional component. Such competence in wound management should be a skill acquired by all family physicians.
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