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Management of Complex Facial Lacerations in the Emergency Department

  • Author(s): Badeau, Austin
  • Lahham, Shadi
  • Osborn, Megan
  • et al.

Laceration injuries comprise over 8% of all emergency department (ED) visits annually.1 Giventhat laceration injuries represent a significant volume of ED visits, emergency physicians (EP)should be comfortable treating these types of injuries. We present the case of a 34-year-old malewho presented to the ED as a trauma activation who suffered multiple injuries including complexfull-thickness lacerations to his face. While there are scenarios in which consulting a specialist isnecessary, knowledge and application of basic wound closure principles allows for many complexlacerations to be repaired by EPs. We provide a helpful systematic approach to evaluating andtreating complex facial lacerations in the ED.

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