when does a wound need to be evaluated for stitching or suturing?

when does a wound need to be evaluated for stitching or suturing?

How to evaluate if an open wound needs stitching. Here are three ways to do so: 1. Look at the depth of the open wound. Can you see yellow, fatty tissue? Is there bone exposed? Is it more than 1/4 inch deep? 2. Look at the width of the wound. Can you pull the two sides together easily? Can you hold it together with bandaging? 3. Where is the wound located? Is it located where there is a lot of movement involved? For example, the elbow, knees,...

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Respiratory virus sending hundreds of children to the hospital.

Respiratory virus sending hundreds of children to the hospital.

A respiratory virus that has sent hundreds of children to hospitals in Missouri is causing alarm across the Midwest and beyond. Several states – including Colorado, Missouri, Kansas, Illinois, Kentucky, Ohio, Oklahoma, Utah and Georgia – have contacted the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for help investigating clusters of the virus that’s being blamed for the illness. There are no reported cases of the virus in New Jersey, but state...

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Using an EpiPen.

Using an EpiPen.

If you were in a situation where you had to help a child give an EpiPen injection, would you know what to do? What is an EpiPen? It is a portable prescription medication prescribed for people with severe allergies. It delivers a life-saving medication fast and effectively. Times when you need to give this medication can be life threatening and very stressful. It is important to stay calm. When would you give it? Sometimes it can be difficult to...

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Stop using the “Nap Nanny” now..

Stop using the “Nap Nanny” now..

NEW YORK, June 3 (Reuters) – U.S. safety experts on Tuesday warned families to stop using an infant recliner called the “Nap Nanny” after discovering a sixth death has been tied to the product. The Nap Nanny was taken off the market in 2013 after recalls by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. But safety experts worry the products can still be found at yard sales and online sites such as Craigslist. “Our message...

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One of the top 5 hidden hazards in the home.

One of the top 5 hidden hazards in the home.

By Susan Salisbury Palm Beach Post Staff Writer Following the deaths in the last month of four children from strangulation due to window covering cords, a consumer coalition today called last week for federal regulators to take action to protect children from the hazard. Parents for Window Blind Safety, Consumer Federation of America, and Independent Safety Consulting, are asking the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission to implement...

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The fear of choking with your baby…try to relax about it.

The fear of choking with your baby…try to relax about it.

There is a difference between gagging and choking in infants. Feeding your baby solids can be the scariest thing ever. There are a few things to keep in mind. Gagging is not choking. Babies have a great ability to clear their airway all by themselves. The gag reflex is towards the front of the mouth in an infant.  It helps the baby learn how to manage food in their mouths.  It can be scary as heck, though, when you see your baby start to gag! ...

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