Laceration is a wound.
¨ Put the patient in correct position.
¨ Give psychological support to the patient and his /her family.
¨ Monitor the vital signs of the patient: Blood pressure, temperature, pulse and respirations.
¨ Hydrate the patient if necessary.
¨ Wash one's hands before and after going to the patient's unit to avoid cross infections.
¨ Clean the laceration with water and soap and antiseptic solution.
¨ Shave the patient carefully if necessary to avoid lesions of the skin or excoriations.
¨ Call the doctor if necessary.
¨ Take stitches following the correct procedure.
¨ Check the color of the skin and mucosa.
¨ Check if the patient is well oriented to time, place and person.
¨ Give the patient the corresponding vaccine.
¨ Administer medications prescribed by the doctor on time: Antibiotics, analgesics, etc.
¨ Cure of the wound daily.
¨ Explain the patient and his/her family about possible complications depending on the part of the body where the laceration is.
¨ Write the observations on the patient's chart.
(If the patient needs surgical procedures see the nursing interventions related to it)