What are the preparation steps for complex ear laceration?

Updated: May 10, 2018
  • Author: Gretchen S Lent, MD; Chief Editor: Erik D Schraga, MD  more...
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All devitalized or contaminated tissue must be debrided. This step is especially important in bite wounds. However, be sure do debride as little tissue as necessary. As a result of generous vascularity, devitalization is relatively infrequent.

Clean the wound with copious irrigation. Recent studies have shown that wound infection rates did not differ in those irrigated with tap water or sterile saline. [12] Gauze may be placed in the external auditory canal for comfort prior to irrigation.

Maintain sterility while preparing and draping the wound.


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