When Should You Go to the ER for a Laceration?
A laceration, or cut as it is commonly called, can be very concerning—not only because of the pain, but also the associated bleeding.
Here are some signs that indicate that your condition may be an emergency and should be treated right away:
- Bleeding that won’t stop after holding direct pressure on the laceration
- Deep cuts that spread open when you aren’t holding pressure
- Cuts to the arms, legs, hands, or feet near a joint or tendon
- Wounds caused by rusted nails or that occur in a dirty environment
- Any deep cuts to the neck, face, or head
- Cuts or other wounds that you do not feel comfortable treating at home
Emergis ER focuses specifically on providing compassionate care so that your symptoms are not overlooked or generalized. Compassionate, personalized care is the only way to provide accurate, timely care.
If you or a loved one has suffered a severe cut, call Emergis ER right now. You can speak to a licensed medical professional at no charge and get accurate medical advice.
When Cuts May Become Dangerous
Not all cuts are the same—the instrument that cut you could introduce severe infections or lead to other, more significant illnesses. And even though the majority of people have received tetanus vaccinations, you will want to go to the emergency room if you have not been vaccinated for tetanus within the last 10 years. If you received a laceration from any of the following, go to your nearest emergency room:
- Animal bite
- Rusted metal
- Old wood
- Road rash
- Crushing (pinched in a machine)
Not only can all these the above introduce new bacteria or viruses, but the manner in which you were injured may cause internal bleeding. The extent of your injuries may be deeper than the wound you can see. Don’t guess—get immediate medical care before internal bleeding causes significant damage.
Treating Lacerations, Deep Cuts, Rashes, and Open Wounds
There are some things you can do treat a deep cut, rash, or any other open wounds before you go to the emergency room:
- Use direct pressure to stop the bleeding.
- Look for objects inside the wound without pulling the wound open. If you find an object, do not remove it—wait for a doctor or nurse to treat it.
- If you cannot see anything inside the wound but a piece of the object that cut you is missing, tell the staff at the ER as soon as you arrive.
- Do not breathe onto or into the wound. Doing so may introduce more bacteria that could cause infection