How is the wound dressed following a complex ear laceration?

Updated: May 10, 2018
  • Author: Gretchen S Lent, MD; Chief Editor: Erik D Schraga, MD  more...
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After repair, pack Xeroform strips into the ear crevices.

Place a piece of gauze (4 x 4 in) behind the ear and place fluffed gauze over the ear.

Next, apply a pressure dressing to prevent hematoma formation. See the image below.

A compression dressing is placed to prevent hemato A compression dressing is placed to prevent hematoma formation.

Wrap the head and injured ear with 3-in Kling followed by a 3-in elastic bandage wrap (eg, Ace). See the image below.

The final compressing dressing topped with an elas The final compressing dressing topped with an elastic bandage wrap.

Leave the unaffected ear free of dressing.


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