No matter what business or industry, every workplace should have a suitable first aid kit on site to deal with minor issues, such as paper cuts. Only large facilities are likely to have medical staff to handle on-the-job injuries.
However, there are many situations at work where the potential for serious laceration injury exceeds the capability of a first aid kit. In these types of injuries, onsite care is limited to stabilizing the wound until the employee can get proper medical attention. In the case of lacerations, this most often means controlling blood loss and protecting the wound.
Cuts, punctures, and other injuries that result from office or factory equipment are often deeper and more serious than similar incidents at home. The risk of infection may also be greater, particularly in some factory environments, so even in the case of less severe lacerations, you should seek medical care before a small injury with minimal loss of time on the job turns into a major incident.
Laceration repair considers four general goals for treatment:
Lacerations that require repair include those that:
As long as the laceration itself is not life-threatening, such as those involving damage to major arteries, the most serious complication of laceration and its repair is infection. The longer the time between the injury and treatment, the higher the risk of infection. Seeking medical assistance with Dr. Paz as soon as possible usually produces the best results.
Infection risks increase when the injury is contaminated with soil, workplace contaminants, or when located at a place on the body that rubs against other surfaces. All lacerations heal with a scar, but with properly sutured repairs, scarring may be minimized.
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