Traumatic Emergencies:



The organized systematic care process outlined in this section optimally manages the patient with a laceration. The steps include assessment, problem identification, planning, interventions, ongoing evaluations, and disposition. Detailed information is included for the common medications used for patients with a laceration.

The related information section at the end of the chapter provides an overview of terms, concepts, and pathophysiology related to lacerations.

Topics reviewed include:


Facial lacerations


Management of lacerations

Points to control arterial hemorrhage

Suture removal times

Review of wound closures

Rapid ABC Assessment

Is the patient