Approximately 12 million traumatic wounds are treated annually in US emergency departments, accounting for more than 10 percent of all visits. 1 The two groups most frequently treated are males, aged 15 to 44, and women over age 75. The most frequently involved body locations are the face, scalp, fingers, and hands. 234 and 5 Approximately half of traumatic lacerations seen in the emergency department are sustained from blunt objects. Children have different wound epidemiologic characteristics: wounds are more likely to be located on the head, linear, shorter, less contaminated, and more often caused by blunt trauma, compared with wounds of adults.6
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