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Laceration Repair

Prompt and precise laceration repair services

Are you in need of prompt and expert laceration repair services in Rancho Cucamonga, Fontana, San Bernardino, or the surrounding communities? Look no further than West Point Medical Center. Our urgent care clinic offers extended hours of operation to ensure you receive the quick medical care you deserve. Lacerations are tears or cuts in the skin that may need medical care to stop infection and encourage healthy healing. Accidents, falls, or sharp objects can result in lacerations anywhere on the body. At West Point Medical Center, our skilled healthcare professionals are equipped to provide prompt and expert care for lacerations, offering effective treatment options and ensuring proper wound management to promote optimal healing and minimize the risk of complications.

Signs Requiring Immediate Medical Attention

  • Excessive bleeding that persists despite pressure for over five minutes.
  • Bright red blood spurting from the wound.
  • Cuts with a depth between 1/4 to 1/8 inch deep.
  • Laceration caused by stabbing.
  • Uneven or jagged edges on the wound.
  • Wounds that reveal underlying structures like bones, ligaments, or tendons.
  • Presence of foreign objects in the wound.
  • Scalp lacerations in individuals taking anticoagulant medication.
  • Lacerations in individuals without recent tetanus vaccination.
  • Loss of sensation or numbness below the wound, such as numbness in fingers from elbow lacerations.

Aftercare Instructions

  • Keep the wound dry for the first 24 hours after treatment.
  • Apply antibiotic ointment and change the dressing or Band-Aid for the next 48 hours.
  • After two days, the sutures can be uncovered.
  • If the environment is dirty, keep the stitches covered until 48 hours have passed.
  • Once 48 hours have elapsed, clean the area with mild soap and water to prevent suture knots from crusting.
  • Follow the physician's advice on when it's safe to shower; avoid swimming and bathing until the skin heals.
  • After showering, remember to change the dressing.
  • Do not leave a wet Band-Aid or dressing on the stitches to prevent bacterial infection.
  • Adhere to the aftercare guide provided by the healthcare provider.
  • Seek medical attention if you notice signs of infection, such as increased pain, redness, swelling, or discharge from the wound.