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Cuts and puncture wounds

  • Alternative Names

    Wound - cut or puncture; Open wound; Laceration; Puncture wound


    Prevention

    Keep knives, scissors, firearms, and breakables out of the reach of children. When children are old enough, teach them to how to use knives and scissors safely.

    Make sure you and your child are up to date on vaccinations. A tetanus vaccine is generally recommended every 10 years.


    References

    Hollander JE, Singer AJ. Evaluation of wounds. In: Tintinalli JE, Kelen GD, Stapczynski JS, Ma OJ, Cline DM, eds. Emergency Medicine: A Comprehensive Study Guide. 6th ed. Columbus, OH:McGraw-Hill;2006:chap 40.