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Minor wound preparation and irrigation

John C Brancato, MD, FAAP, FACEP
Section Editor
Anne M Stack, MD
Deputy Editor
James F Wiley, II, MD, MPH


This topic will discuss the preparation of acute minor wounds for laceration repair. Wounds that involve joints, nerves, flexor tendons, or other underlying structures may require operative care and are not considered minor wounds [1,2].

The basic approach to wound closure, local anesthesia, and wound care, including surgical and chronic wounds is discussed in detail separately.

(See "Closure of minor skin wounds with sutures".)

(See "Topical anesthetics in children" and "Subcutaneous infiltration of local anesthetics".)

(See "Basic principles of wound management".)


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