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Cuts & Lacerations

A bustling day at the Urgent Care Brisbane saw a gentleman in his early forties, named Peter, rushing in with a painful grimace. A shard of glass had managed to cut a deep gash into his hand while at work, which we would later classify under common types of cuts & lacerations. Peter's situation is common at our facility, and the process we follow in such instances is nothing short of meticulous.

Cuts & Lacerations: Treatment at Urgent Care Brisbane


Cuts and lacerations are skin wounds that cut or break the skin. They’re usually caused by accidents with sharp objects like knives, tools, or shards of glass. Peter, for instance, had an accident while cleaning up a broken vase. Unforeseen circumstances can often lead to such accidents, emphasizing the need for quality urgent care.

Common Types of Cuts & Lacerations

When dealing with cuts and lacerations, we typically classify them under several categories:

Clean Cuts and Contaminated Wounds

  • Clean Cuts: These are often smooth and caused by a sharp object, such as a knife or glass. While they bleed a lot, clean cuts are typically easier to treat since they don’t carry a high risk of infection.
  • Contaminated Wounds: These wounds are usually dirty or infected due to the presence of foreign objects or bacteria. They require careful cleaning and sometimes antibiotics to prevent further complications.

Based on Depth and Length

  • Superficial Wounds: These wounds only affect the topmost skin layer. They often heal without any treatment other than cleaning and applying a bandage.
  • Deep Wounds: Deep wounds often involve damage to underlying tissues and organs. They usually require medical attention, as they may need stitches, especially if they are longer than 7 cm.

Based on Site

  • Face: Cuts on the face can be quite concerning due to cosmetic implications. They should be treated delicately to minimize scarring.
  • Eyelids, Ear, and Nose: These are sensitive areas that require extra care. Any wound in these regions should be immediately examined by a healthcare provider.
  • Hands: Cuts or lacerations on the hands can affect the functionality of fingers and might require a professional’s intervention to ensure proper healing.
  • Other Body Parts: Depending on the body part involved, different considerations come into play, such as the potential impact on mobility and daily activities. Each wound is unique and requires a customized approach to treatment.

At Urgent Care Brisbane, we are equipped to handle all types of cuts and lacerations, providing the best care tailored to each patient’s unique needs.

Steps in Wound Care at Urgent Care Brisbane

Taking care of a wound requires a careful, step-by-step approach to ensure proper healing and prevent complications. Here’s our process:

  1. Tetanus Vaccination: Depending on the nature and severity of the wound, a tetanus vaccination may be administered to prevent infection.
  2. Wound Irrigation: The wound is thoroughly cleaned with a saline solution to remove any dirt or debris, reducing the risk of infection.
  3. Detailed Examination: We carry out a thorough examination to check for any foreign bodies or tendon injuries that might not be visible from the surface.
  4. X-Ray: If necessary, an X-ray may be performed to confirm the depth of the wound and check for any foreign bodies that might have been missed during the visual examination.
  5. Wound Closure: Depending on the nature of the wound, different methods can be used to close it. These can include medical glue, stitches, or a combination of both.
  6. Antibiotics: If the wound is at risk for infection, antibiotics may be prescribed to help the body fight off any potential harmful bacteria.
  7. Follow-Up Care and Suture Removal: Once the immediate treatment is over, we schedule follow-up appointments to monitor the healing process. If sutures were used, they would be removed once the wound has healed.

These steps are integral to the high-quality, comprehensive wound care offered at Urgent Care Brisbane. Our main aim is to ensure that every patient, like Peter, receives the best possible care and guidance throughout their healing journey.


The urgency of the situation often overlooks the financial aspect, but it’s worth noting that our services are not bulk billed, and there will be out-of-pocket fees. However, Urgent Care Brisbane prides itself on offering top-quality, affordable care.

The Story of Peter’s Healing Journey

We applied pressure on Peter’s wound to stop the bleeding. His wound was deep, requiring stitches, but our skilled team handled it seamlessly. We explained each step to him using simple language, which helped reduce his anxiety. Peter received a tetanus vaccination to prevent infection and was given a clear plan to manage his wound at home.

Through this, we tended to his wound and fostered a sense of trust in our treatment process. After a follow-up, we were happy to see that Peter’s wound was healing well, with no signs of infection, proving that medical care at Urgent Care Brisbane is dependable.

Peter’s story is one of many that unfold daily at Urgent Care Brisbane. Every single day, our dedicated team of emergency doctors and nurses use their vast expertise to help patients like Peter to recover from minor cuts to deep lacerations.

At Urgent Care Brisbane, you’re not just a patient; you’re part of our healing story. From our thorough hand-washing practices to our use of disinfectants, from our detailed examination to our post-treatment guidance, we’re here to assure you that with us, you’re in safe hands. Our dedication to excellence has positioned us as a trusted name for treating cuts and lacerations. Our actions may speak louder than words, but our patients’ healing stories resonate the loudest.

In Conclusion

At Urgent Care Brisbane, we’re more than just a clinic. We’re a community of dedicated medical professionals who make every effort to provide our patients with the best care possible.

From understanding the signs of infection to promoting the importance of washing hands, from educating about preventing infection to managing aftercare, we are here to ensure your safety and well-being at every step.

Like Peter, if you’re in need of urgent care, you can trust us to provide you with the highest level of service. We’re not just healing wounds; we’re creating trust, one stitch at a time. So, the next time you or your loved ones need urgent care, remember Urgent Care Brisbane is here for you.

Our doors are always open.

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If you have a simple or complex laceration walk-in to Urgent care Brisbane

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