Do you have a cut or puncture wound more than deep and long with jagged edges or the cut gapes open? Note: Most deep cuts need to be evaluated by a doctor and should be stitched, stapled, or closed with skin adhesives within 6 to 8 hours after the injury. Some cuts that require closure can be closed as long as 24 hours after the injury. For more information, see are stitches, staples, or skin adhesives necessary?
Were you cut by something clean and your last tetanus shot was longer than 10 years ago?Note: Something is clean if it does not have dirt, soil, spit, or feces on it. Examples include a broken water glass, a kitchen knife, or sewing scissors.
Were you cut by something dirty and your last tetanus shot was longer than 5 years ago?Note: Something is dirty if it has dirt, soil, spit, or feces on it. Examples include a garden tool, a dirty nail, or a piece of glass that has been buried in the dirt.