PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — To stitch or not to stitch? That often becomes the question when you’re bleeding.
You dropped a glass and cut your hand and even after applying pressure for 15 minutes, the bleeding won’t stop, head to the emergency room according to Dr. Bruce Rubin.READ MORE: Philadelphia Commerce Director Michael Rashid Resigns After He Reportedly Made Anti-Semitic Remarks, Verbally Abused His Staff
Rubin, assistant chairman of the emergency department at Abington-Lansdale Hospital, also warns don’t wait more than 6-hours.READ MORE: Adventure Aquarium In Camden Holds Special Inclusion Event With Sensory-Friendly Attractions
“As the cut is open it is exposed to bacteria, it’s out in the air it’s on surfaces,” he tells KYW Newsradio. “When bacteria gets in deeper sections and you can’t close a wound that’s been open too long, you’ll just trap bacteria in there and end up with worse symptoms than the cosmetic results of not closing it.”MORE NEWS: Temple University Parents To Rally Over Safety After Samuel Collington's Death
If the cut is on your face, seek treatment so you can avoid a scar and slicing your hand could be a problem because the skin is thin and damage could go deep.