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Slicing Up A Happy Holiday

Posted on Thursday, November 21, 2013, by The PCA Group

Welcome to Volume 1, Number 1 of the MASH Urgent Care Blog!

My name is Dr. Kathryne Buege and my colleagues at MASH and I will be blogging regularly to keep our patients and followers up to date on all sorts of interesting health-care topics. At MASH Urgent Care, we care about your health and well-being, so if we can help when you have an injury or illness – even by educating you through this blog – then we are doing our jobs!

This time of year, it’s impossible to discuss health care without mentioning the holidays. And, believe it or not, Thanksgiving is one of our busiest days of the year.  Between people running the Turkey Trot without training and others slicing a turkey without training – well, you can imagine why it’s busy! 

For the not-so-expert chefs out there, we thought we would help with some wound care.  Obviously, lacerations can – and do – happen anytime, so even if you’re not the turkey chef this year – read on. 

When you have an accident with a knife or other sharp object, follow these tips: 

  • Wash the wound with warm water and gentle soap
  • Apply pressure for 10- 15 minutes
  • If the wound continues to bleed, is over half an inch deep, or is gaping, seek medical attention immediately
  • Cuts that require stitches should be treated within 6 hours of the time of the injury
  • If the bleeding is closed and the wound stays closed when pulled together, a butterfly bandage is appropriate
  • Some cuts require antibiotic ointment, sterile gauze and a bandage
  • When in doubt, seek guidance from one of the seven locations of MASH Urgent Care

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