Most cuts that require treatment should be
stitched, stapled, or closed with
skin adhesives within 6 to 8 hours after the injury. Some cuts that require
treatment can be closed as long as 24 hours after the injury. Your risk of
infection increases the longer the cut remains open. For more information, see
are stitches, staples, or skin adhesives necessary?
Are you unable to remove an object from a cut? Note: You may be unable to remove an object because:Of the location and depth of the cut. Of uncertainty about the depth of the cut.Removing the object will cause severe pain.
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.