Wound care

  • Your wound may have been treated by suturing (stitches or clips), Steristrips (adhesive plasters) or skin glue. The method depends on the type of wound.
  • Keep your wound dry - wash around it where possible.
  • Do not cover your wound with a waterproof dressing, plastic bags etc. unless so advised by a medical practitioner, as this will make your wound soggy and prone to infection in certain circumstances.

Stitches / Clips

  • Sutures should be removed after about five to ten days. The doctor or nurse will advise you on this.
  • The stitches or clips will be removed either by your General Practitioner (GP) or at the trauma unit as discussed by your attending doctor.

Steristrips

These can be removed after five to seven days. Your wound should be moistened for about ten minutes and the strip carefully removed. This can be done at home or by your GP.

Skin Glue

Skin glue does not need to be removed, as the glue drops off by itself when your wound is healed. If there is any discharge from your wound or if it becomes painful, red or swollen, inform your GP or the trauma unit doctor.

What you should know about skin glue:

  • Skin glue is a special medical glue developed to treat wounds.
  • Keep the wound dry and clean for five days.
  • If a dressing has been applied, leave it in place for five days.
  • If you are worried about your wound, inform your GP or return to the trauma unit.
  • A scab will form on the wound, which will come away once you start washing the area. Do not pick at the scab.
  • There is a small chance that the wound will re-open. If it does, return to your GP or the trauma unit for reassessment.
  • The redness of the scar may take six months or more to fade.