Stitches are usually needed when there is a complete separation of both skin layers. This is when the edges of the skin do not fall together and the wound is larger than 1–2 centimeters. If this is the case stitches are needed to close the wound.

If you anticipate a delay in getting the person to the hospital, use “butterfly” adhesive strips to help keep the skin flaps together. Apply dressings over top and bandage as normal.

Being trained in first aid and CPR will give you the knowledge and confidence to be able to remedy emergency situations, and it’s a precaution you just may be thanked for later. Contact us today and you’ll be on the road to having the knowledge and preparedness that may one day save a life.

By Nick Rondinelli
CEO – Heart to Heart First Aid CPR Services Inc
Author of “Ready, Set, Rescue’ copyright 2019