Quick question about a cut...

  1. How can you tell if a cut needs stitches? My 11 year old son cut his leg. The skin is parted a little bit and I can see underneath, but I'm not sure that it warrants stitches. The cut is about 1/2 inch long. I have no insurance, so if I don't have to get stitches in, I'd rather not. Thanks for all help offered!
  2. 4 Comments

  3. by   H ynnoD
    I would use some of those bandaid butterfly stitches.If its barely though the skin,that should be enough and a whole lot cheaper if you don't have insurance.
  4. by   nurseunderwater
    w/ butterfly bandages if you get the skin prep to put on first...they hang in a lot better. you could also try the super glue they have out now for wounds. good luck mama...

  5. by   caroladybelle
    If it has been more than 6 hours, unless it is bleeding profusely, many places will not suture it at all, or require several days antibiotics before suturing. If they sutured after 6 hours, there is a higher rate of infection due to microbes trapped under the skin. Ocasional exceptions include models/facial wounds/severe cuts or other cases where scarring is a big problem, and then they want a plastics MD to handle it.

    I usually clean it good, use Hibiclens (much better than betadine) and apply a light dressing with some antibiotic ointment. I had a deep raccoon bite recently and after doing the above, went to the ER. They did the exact same thing, Hibiclens scrub and a light dressing, plus a script for ABX (also rabies shots...but that would not apply in your case).

    I hope that the Tetanus shots were updated recently.
  6. by   lisamc1RN
    Ok, thanks all! I cleaned it up and put some butterfly bandages on it. I didn't have Betadine , but I used peroxide and then put some triple antibiotic cream on it. The last time Ben had shots was when he was 5, so I think he's covered for tetanus! He's doing alright with it, so we're good. It totally stinks not having insurance! sigh...