Lacerations

Lacerations are a tearing of the soft tissue under the skin. They are one of the most common wound types and mostly affect the regions that are visible externally such as hands, legs, arms, feet, etc. The cut is irregular and jagged as compared to a surgical wound and isn’t as deep as a surgical wound either. Treatment of lacerations include the use of gauze dressings and other wound dressings. Using patches of gauze pads might also help if the laceration is small in size. Some lacerations can also be healed by using tissue adhesives and wound closure strips. We at Shop Wound Care, have a wide range of products that help in healing lacerations, from top selling brands such as Mabis, Mckesson, Acelity and more.

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Types of Lacerations

In basic terms, there are two types of lacerations: 

  • Cuts - Cuts are small lacerations that are formed by injuries from things such as blades, pins, or any other sharp objects. .

  • Gashes - Gashes are heavy and deep lacerations that might sometimes need stitches. They are caused by either accidents or by a sudden and rough injury by sharp objects.

Precautions to Take while Tending to Lacerations

  • One of the major precautions one should take is to see if the laceration is by objects like rusted metal, stone, or rotting wood. If yes, then taking a tetanus shot is mandatory to avoid further complications and infections. 

  • If the laceration is deep then immediately consult a doctor as there is a possibility that you might need stitches. 

  • If the bleeding is constant, then use a highly absorbent dressing to cover the laceration. One might also use haemostatic agents. 

  • If the laceration is near a jugular vein or major artery, then it is important to consult a doctor immediately.