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2019 Jun

Clin Exp Emerg Med



Updates in emergency department laceration management.


Otterness K, Singer AJ
Clin Exp Emerg Med. 2019 Jun; 6(2):97-105.
PMID: 30947489.


Lacerations are a common reason for patients to seek medical attention, and are often acutely managed in the emergency department. Recent studies pertaining to closure techniques, sedation and analgesia, advances in wound care, and various other topics have been published, which may enhance our understanding of this injury and improve our management practices. This article will review pertinent studies published in the past few years relevant to laceration management. Understanding the current literature and appreciating which areas warrant further investigation will help us optimize outcomes for patients who sustain laceration injuries.