Treating Cuts And Lacerations

Treating Cuts & Lacerations at Connecticut Urgent Care Centers Important note: Please call 911 if… There is severe bleeding An open wound is spurting blood Firm pressure has been applied, and yet the bleeding will not slow or stop It is evident that a cut needs stitches. It must be treated as soon as possible, even better if it’s within about six hours or so. Head wounds can be treated up to 24 hours later. For minor cuts and lacerations: 1) Attempt To Stop The Bleeding Be sure to use a clean bandage, or at least a garment if it’s an emergency. Apply firmly to the wound site to help staunch the bleeding.  2) Prevent Infection By Cleaning The Area As soon as the bleeding has stopped, or at least come to a severe crawl, you will want to wash out the area with a mild but soapy solution. To better your chances at avoiding infection, apply some antibiotic creams or ointments such as Neosporin. However, keep in mind that some people have a bad reaction to these things. Do not apply ointment if the injured person is allergic to antibiotic ointments.  3) Talk To A Professional In Health Care If the cut is very deep or continues to bleed sometimes, then it may be a good idea to go to a doctor. This also applies to wounds on a joint or ones you are having problems keeping clean.  It is also a good idea to go to a doctor if the person has a deep cut and has not had a tetanus related shot within the past five to ten years.  If the cut is actually a bite from any living creature (including humans) then you should see a doctor immediately.  4) Following Up Treatment Assuming the cut is minor, you can remove the bandage after a couple of days. It’s important to let the wound breathe. Find a doctor if the cut still hurts, is oozing pus, or is otherwise not healing. It is highly possible that the wound is infected and you need proper care before the infection spreads or gets even worse.

Our skilled providers handle a wide range of patient suturing needs and provide proficient care for cuts and lacerations. If your conditions are life-threatening, however, call 911 or visit an ER when necessary.

For minor cuts and lacerations:

1) Attempt To Stop The Bleeding

Be sure to use a clean bandage, or at least a garment if it’s an emergency. Apply firmly to the wound site to help staunch the bleeding.

2) Prevent Infection By Cleaning The Area

As soon as the bleeding has stopped, or at least come to a severe crawl, you will want to wash out the area with a mild but soapy solution. To better your chances at avoiding infection, apply some antibiotic creams or ointments such as Neosporin. However, keep in mind that some people have a bad reaction to these things. Do not apply ointment if the injured person is allergic to antibiotic ointments.

3) Talk To A Professional In Health Care

If the cut is very deep or continues to bleed sometimes, then it may be a good idea to go to a doctor. This also applies to wounds on a joint or ones you are having problems keeping clean.

It is also a good idea to go to a doctor if the person has a deep cut and has not had a tetanus related shot within the past five to ten years.

If the cut is actually a bite from any living creature (including humans) then you should see a doctor immediately.

4) Following Up Treatment

Assuming the cut is minor, you can remove the bandage after a couple of days. It’s important to let the wound breathe. Find a doctor if the cut still hurts, is oozing pus, or is otherwise not healing. It is highly possible that the wound is infected and you need proper care before the infection spreads or gets even worse.