Should you go to the ER or Urgent Care for cuts and lacerations?

MUC can help treat most lacerations and cuts, whether or not stitches or sutures are needed at one of our convenient Denver urgent care locations. We are open daily from 8am – 8pm and provide immediate medical care for both insured and uninsured patients. We accept a variety of insurance plans, including – United Healthcare, Humana, Cigna, Anthem, Aetna, Tricare, Medicare, Medicaid.

Should you go to the ER or Urgent Care for cuts and lacerations?

Shallow cuts, scrapes and abrasions can be treated at urgent cares and walk-in clinics. Deep, gaping cuts bleeding profusely should be treated at the Emergency Room. As a general rule of thumb, it is ideal to have a cut or laceration treated within 6-8 hours of the injury.

How do you know you need a cut repaired or sutured?

Whether it occurred at work or home, Metro Urgent Care can take care of abrasions and almost all cuts (lacerations). If a laceration has occurred that has penetrated all layers of skin, it should be repaired with either stitches (sutures) or skin adhesive. Cuts that penetrate all layers of skin need to be repaired by sutures or skin adhesive for proper healing, minimization of scarring and protection from infection.

When is the emergency room necessary?

If deep and large blood vessels or tendons were severed then you may be sent to be seen at the emergency room. If it is not obvious if this is the case, Metro Urgent Care can examine your injury and help ascertain if this has occurred.

Stitches don’t have to hurt

Typically we apply a topical numbing agent prior to any other anesthetics are used.   Often times the topical is sufficient to block pain from the procedure.   If further injection of lidocaine is necessary, it can usually be done at the site already numb from the topical agent.

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We understand that sustaining a laceration and anticipating stitches can be a very unpleasant experience.  We do all we can to make you feel at home and make you as comfortable as possible from start to finish through the experience.

Can a cut or laceration be treated at home?

Stitches are essential for proper healing, so be sure to read the aforementioned factors when deciding whether or not to seek medical treatment. For small scrapes and cuts, stitches might not be necessary. Simply wash the cut/scrape with warm water and soap, and apply a band-aid.

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Where Is There A Metro Urgent Care Near You?

Metro Urgent Care has many convenient locations throughout the greater Denver area, offering state-of-the-art urgent care facilities and the very best in service. If you are a family member has any of the following symptoms, we recommend visiting the Metro Urgent Care to ensure you receive the proper diagnosis and treatment plan.

Our Greater Denver Area Urgent Care Locations:

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Have A Cut or Laceration And Need To Be Seen At One Of Our Urgent Care Locations?

Contact us today to book an appointment. We also accept walk-in patients at all of our Colorado locations, along with online check in. To check in online, please select a location from the list below and click the “Early Check In” button on the page.

 

 

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