One of my patients (child) got a laceration to his forehead about 1 cm long, which had no active bleeding after cleaning the wound. I wasnt sure if he needed sutures to his lac or not. Which made me feel pretty incompetent. But when I think about it I don't ever remember being taught about minor lacerations in nursing school. Was I not there during that lecture or is this one of those things that you learn as you go from years of experince. I know I feel like that at times when it comes to nursing. Can someone help me?
Oct 31, '12
Probably it's just an experience thing. If there wasn't a lot of bleeding I would just apply steri strips and a simple dressing. Head wounds usually have a lot of being bleeding due to it being so vascular so I gather the wound wasn't too deep.
There are no stupid questions. I am interested see what others think. I work a mostly elderly population so one of our concerns is if they are on blood thinners.
Last edit by loriangel14 on Oct 31, '12