A cut and laceration refers to a wound on the skin where separation with the connective elements have occurred. Unlike an abrasion which is caused by scraping which results in skin missing, a cut is when the skin is separated. A laceration is a torn or jagged wound, with the same treatment as a cut.
Although cuts and lacerations are not considered medical emergencies, if the wound is deep enough, stitches may be required to promote healing, prevent infection, and minimize scars from forming.
If you have a cut or laceration that requires a medical professional to look at and take care, come to our facility open 24 hours a day 7 days a week. We can have our emergency room physicians administer stitches if needed, and make sure your cut heals quickly and properly.