Wounds and Lacerations

Proper care of lacerations or wounds can speed the healing process and prevent infection.

To care for a wound:

  • Keep the wound and the surrounding area clean and dry at all times.
  • Remove any crusting, and clean the area with mild soap and water.
  • Apply a thin layer of antibiotic ointment to facial lacerations only.
  • Shower and bathe as desired but do not rub the injured area.
  • If a tetanus shot was administered, keep a record of it for future reference.

Leave dressings and bandages off unless:

  • Clothing irritates the area.
  • The patient has a tendency to touch the wound.
  • The patient is in an unclean environment.

Watch for the following signs of infection, and seek medical attention immediately if they appear:

  • Increased pain, swelling, tenderness and/or redness around the wound.
  • The wound becomes warm to the touch.
  • There is a lot of drainage from the wound.