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We’ll Have You in Stitches


South Strand Internists & Urgent Care treats lacerations.

From fish hooks to oyster shells, sharp edges abound on our beautiful beaches and rivers. If you encounter a severe laceration, apply pressure to the wound with a clean cloth or clean article of clothing. Continue that pressure until you have been seen by a medical professional at the nearest Urgent Care facility or emergency room. For deep lacerations that are bleeding actively, do not try to clean the wound or apply medicines or ointments. Just continue applying direct pressure and do not cease pressure until you are seen by a medical professional.

At South Strand Internists & Urgent Care our medical professionals apply sterile, non-stick bandages and use:

  • Dermabond, a surgical grade glue, on many superficial lacerations
  • Sutures or stitches on more extensive or deep wounds
  • Surgical staples on the scalp for head lacerations

Most common causes of lacerations occur from kitchen knives though South Strand Internists & Urgent Care sees plenty of oyster shell cuts in the summer.  These lacerations must be cleaned and irrigated extensively by a medical professional to remove bacteria that can cause infection.