Cut and scraps can result in minor or major damage to the skin. Children and older adult are more prone cuts and scraps due to their delicate skin. In some instances medication and other disease state can increase our ease of bruising .
Cuts that require medical attention include the following:
- Deep cuts: Providers are usually more concerned with how deep a cut is rather than how long it is, because of the concern that deeper tissues like blood vessels, nerves or tendons may be damaged)
- Exposed muscle tissue(red) or fat tissue (yellowish)
- The cut stays open if you let go of the sides of the cut
- The cut is on a joint or in an area where healing might be difficult (stitching might be needed to keep it closed)
- The site remain visibly dirty after being cleaned.
- The area continues to bleed longer than 10 minutes.