Open wounds can happen in the blink of an eye. The kids are running around, and suddenly one trips over a rock and lands on the hard pavement. He’s crying, there’s blood everywhere, and you’re freaking out because you’ve never seen so much blood before. You panic and think, “do I need to take him to the ER to get stitches?” Here are 10 signs that you must check to make sure it’s no more serious than a scrape.
Remember that if you have an object lodged inside, do not remove it. Avoid eating or drinking so that medicine can be administered as soon as possible if needed. Apply pressure directly to your wound with a clean bandage or towel. Keep your wound elevated to ease the amount of bleeding. Apply more bandages as needed until you arrive at the emergency center. If there’s time, clean the wound with water only, anything else might irritate it. Pat dry with a clean towel, never rub.
Stop by any of our 3 locations if you are wondering, do I need stitches? Our River Oaks emergency room, Katy emergency room, and Clear Creek emergency room are ready to assist you at a moment’s notice. At Village Emergency Centers, we strive to provide you and your loved ones quality medical emergency care. Our emergency centers are conveniently open 24/7 and accept walk-ins because we know emergencies are not events that can be planned. Get directions here to visit one of our locations.