Cuts and Stitches; And When To Go To Urgent Care, And When To Go To The ER

What To Do About Cuts
Here are some quick tips about cuts: First thing to do if you cut yourself is to clean the area as best as you can with soap and water, this reduces the chance of infection.

Next, if you think you might need stitches, don’t wait! Come see us at
Doctors Express or go to the ER as soon as you can.

You should have a cut looked at by a medical professional usually within the first 4-6 hours of the injury, so we can sew you up (if you need it) and further reduce the chance of infection. The longer you wait, the more likely you will have an
infection and the less likely we will be able to stitch the cut because of the increased
infection risk.

And be prepared for a tetnus shot.  If you haven’t had one in 10 years, or just can’t remember when your last shot was, we will recommend the booster. Tetnus shots actually have more than just medicine to prevent tetnus, they also immunize you against diptheria (another bad infection) and if you are given the Tdap shot (a new booster) you will also be protected against pertusis (whooping cough) which is another illness that is beginning to show up more and more as adults who had the shot
for it as kids are losing their immunity to it.

Remember: Urgent Care is not the place to go if you truly think you are having a heart attack or stroke; urgent is for urgent but NOT life-threatening situations. Call 911 or go to your nearest emergency room if you are faced with a life-threatening injury or illness.

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