Staple Wound Closure

Your wound has been cleaned and closed with skin staples.


  • Keep the area around the staples clean and dry.

  • Rest and raise (elevate) the injured part above the level of your heart.

  • See your doctor for a follow-up check of the wound.

  • See your doctor to have the staples removed.

  • As the wound heals, you may leave it open to the air and clean it daily with water.

  • Do not soak the wound in water for long periods of time.

  • Watch for signs of a wound infection:

  • Unusual redness or puffiness around the wound.

  • Increasing pain or tenderness.

  • Yellowish white fluid (pus) coming from the wound.

You may need a tetanus shot if:

  • You cannot remember when you had your last tetanus shot.

  • You have never had a tetanus shot.

  • The injury broke your skin.

If you need a tetanus shot and you choose not to have one, you may get tetanus. Sickness from tetanus can be serious.


  • You think the wound is infected.

  • The wound does not stay together after the staples have been taken out.

  • Something comes out of the wound, such as wood or glass.

  • You or your child has problems moving the injured area.

  • You or your child has a temperature by mouth above 102° F (38.9° C), not controlled by medicine.


  • Understand these instructions.

  • Will watch this condition.

  • Will get help right away if you or your child is not doing well or gets worse.