Trailside Medicine: Lacerations

Trailside Medicine: Skin Laceration Management A traumatic tear in the skin is called a laceration, and this injury is not uncommon among mountain bikers. Here’s what to do when you (or a friend) get shredded on the trail. Stop the Bleeding The first step in treatment is to control bleeding. This can usually be accomplished with direct pressure, using a clean piece of cloth or gauze. Seek emergency care immediately if the bleeding is severe or blood is spurting out. Cleaning the Wound Cleaning the area is next. It is necessary to remove all dirt and debris, as well as bacteria that you cannot see. Run copious amounts of tap water over the area, and use mild soap if needed. Continue until the

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