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

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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, legs, hands.

If any of the above are present you should have your childs’ cut evaluated for suturing.