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Lacerations are continually ranked as one of the most common workplace injuries, approximately 30 percent of all accidents involve lacerations or cuts.

Although injuries can happen anywhere, cuts and lacerations are frequently the result of workplace accidents. Typical causes of these injuries in the workplace include lack of established safety procedures, improper training, poor lighting, employees rushing or taking shortcuts, and missing or improper use of safety equipment.

 

A bleeding wound is generally one of four varieties: abrasions, cuts, avulsions, and lacerations. Abrasions are minor wounds that are caused by friction often missing skin and minimal bleeding. Avulsions are generally more serious where the tissue is torn and separated from the body. Cuts are often caused by sharp objects with separation of the tissue/skin. Lacerations are also caused by sharp objects leaving the skin torn in a jagged nature and are often mistaken for cuts. Cuts and lacerations are the most common types of injury that occur in the workplace.

 

It is important to be able to identify a laceration versus a cut. If an injury occurs in the workplace, it is critical to know when to properly seek medical attention in case stitches or surgery is required. Where cuts tend to be superficial, affecting only the surface of the skin, lacerations are significantly deeper, often damaging nerves, ligaments, muscles, tendons and sometimes bones.  

 

As an employer, being able to identify how an employee has sustained an injury is important to immediately treat the wound. General first-aid procedures prescribe to seek medical help immediately if the bleeding does not stop after 10-15-minutes. Many industries mandate companies provide first-aid classes, but if this is not the norm for your company then consider one in order to empower your employees and increase workplace safety. The application and necessity of first-aid demonstrate the importance to understanding how to identify a cut or laceration and how to treat the injury.

 

Should an employee require further medical assistance an excellent alternative to urgent care centers and emergency rooms are walk-in clinics. Most walk-in clinics are staffed by physician assistants or nurse practitioners. These clinics are typically set up inside or adjacent to a large retailer or pharmacy for maximum patient convenience. Longer hours are offered and most are open every day of the week to accommodate patients when their private doctor’s office is closed or when they cannot wait for the next available appointment. Clinical services are also less expensive than a visit to an urgent care center or emergency room and take most private insurances to include Medicare, and Medicaid. Transparency in pricing is one way in which retail clinics reflect growing trends in health care. Many people are buying insurance with higher deductibles as they are looking for those alternatives to hospital or physician’s office visits that are going to be more cost-effective and convenient.

 

Our clinic provides Monument, and the Northern Colorado Springs area, with physician services without having an appointment. You will be able to skip the wait at our clinic and receive the best possible medical care at your convenience. We are able to meet the health and wellness needs for individuals of all ages. Walk-in clinics offer a variety of other services and treatments such as non-life-threatening common ill­nesses, bronchitis, tetanus, pinkeye and styes, sinus infections, vaccinations for flu, physical exams, and other minor injuries.

 

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