Staple Wound Closure

ExitCare ImageStaples are used to help a wound heal faster by holding the edges of the wound together.

HOME CARE

  • 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.

  • Clean the wound daily with water.

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

  • Let air reach the wound as it heals.

GET HELP RIGHT AWAY IF:

  • You have redness or puffiness around the wound.

  • You have a red line going away from the wound.

  • You have more pain or tenderness.

  • You have yellowish-white fluid (pus) coming from the wound.

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

  • You see something coming out of the wound, such as wood or glass.

  • You have problems moving the injured area.

  • You have a fever or lasting symptoms for more than 2-3 days.

  • You have a fever and your symptoms suddenly get worse.

MAKE SURE YOU:

  • Understand these instructions.

  • Will watch this condition.

  • Will get help right away if you are not doing well or get worse.