The Treatment of an Infected Laceration
An infected laceration could occur following even minor motor vehicle collisions. Cuts and scrapes are frequent in a car accident. In some cases, stitches might be needed to repair them. There are many ways that someone could suffer a serious laceration in a car accident. These include:
- Flying shards of glass that could come from a shattered windshield or window.
- Pieces of metal shrapnel that are sent flying throughout the vehicle in an auto accident.
- Cuts and scrapes from the pavement, mainly if someone is involved in a motorcycle accident.
It is essential for everyone to understand some of the basics about how these lacerations are treated.
The Treatment of a Laceration
If someone suffers a severe laceration of a motor vehicle accident, they need the attention of a trained medical professional. Some of the steps involved in treating a serious cut include:
- Cleaning the laceration thoroughly with soap, water, or an antibacterial equivalent.
- Stopping the bleeding with steady pressure.
- Stitching the wound.
- Applying an antibacterial ointment on top of the wound to protect it against infection.
Sometimes, these steps are not enough to prevent an infected laceration. It is important for everyone to know the signs of a severe infection.
Signs of an Infected Laceration: What is the Treatment?
Several signs and symptoms could indicate that a laceration has become infected. These include:
- Pain that is getting worse (instead of better) at the site of the injury.
- Swelling underneath the stitches that were used to close the laceration.
- The repaired laceration is starting to turn red.
- The laceration feels warmer than the surrounding skin.
- Pus is draining from the laceration.
Anyone who notices these signs following a laceration repair should see a medical professional immediately. The stitches might have to be removed to allow the infected pus to drain from the site. Then, the wound will need to be cleaned again before it can be closed. In some cases, intravenous antibiotics might be required to prevent sepsis.
Watch YouTube Video: How to Treat Infected Wounds. In the following video, a 30-year emergency veteran provides tips and advice on how to treat infected wounds.
Help from an Injury Professional
After seeking appropriate medical care, families should know that support is still available. Having a loved one suffer complications of a severe injury can be stressful. For help with this situation, meet with a personal injury lawyer in Stockton. Some of the assistance that an injury attorney can provide includes:
- Reviewing key documents to make sure that all details are considered.
- Pursuing damages related to the accident, its injuries, and its complications.
- Moving a case to trial when required.
Nobody has to face such a tough situation alone. Rely on a Stockton personal injury lawyer to provide professional assistance. You could be owed a significant financial reward.
Stockton Personal Injury Lawyer
I’m Ed Smith, a Stockton personal injury lawyer. An infected laceration should receive attention from a medical professional immediately. If you or someone you know has sustained serious injuries in a motor vehicle accident, please contact me today at (209) 227-1931 or toll-free at (800) 404-5400 to receive my free, friendly case advice.
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