Wound & laceration repairs have been one of the most commonly requested topics for these urgent care summaries. How common our lacerations and/or some sort of wound repair in UC? We call it our “bread-and-butter” chief complaints. During the early months of the COVID19 pandemic, we had an increase of patients coming in for lacerations—newbies with even newer tools and hobbies? Yep! (only partially kidding and more of a joke aimed at my friend who sliced her finger whittling wood)
Disclaimer: I’ve decided to stay away from giving you suturing tips & suturing vids. While we all know that that’s one quick way to rack up a bunch of likes/views, there’s plenty of surgery PAs & surgeons who are doing those & better suited to give you tips--(insert basic suturing vid here)
As always, thanks to HippoEd for these fabulous lectures which are just snippets of their Urgent Care bootcamp. Their laceration/wound repair section has 16 videos to learn from! Learn more about UC bootcamp: here
I have two more summaries to go, let me know in the comments what you'd like me to review or if this has helped you in any way!
When should I not close a laceration/wound?
What is delayed primary closure?
Clean/debride wound & place sterile dressing. Have patient return in 4-5 days to reassess wound and at that point in time, you can consider closing it!
Let’s talk anesthetics
*note: anesthetics are available in concentrations other than those shown in table. Maximum allowable and maximum total volumes apply only to the specific concentrations in the table