First Aid Kit or ER? Determining if a Cut Needs Stitches

From the Show: Healthy Children
Summary: If your child gets hurt, how do you know if you should go to the ER or if a first aid kit will suffice?
Air Date: 7/15/15
Duration: 10
Host: Melanie Cole, MS
Guest Bio: Elizabeth Murray, MD
Murray Elizabeth Dr. Elizabeth Murray is a Physician specializing in Pediatric Emergency Medicine at the University of Rochester Medical Center in Upstate, NY. She graduated from Skidmore College with a BA in Economics and then, prior to medical school, she earned an MBA at the University of Rochester's Simon School of Business Administration.

Upon completing her Residency training at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, she returned to her hometown of Rochester to complete her Fellowship in Pediatric Emergency Medicine at Strong Memorial Hospital.

Dr. Murray holds a dual appointments to both the Division of Pediatric Emergency Medicine and the Division of Pre-hospital Medicine at the University of Rochester. Additionally, she holds an appointment as Deputy Emergency Medical Services Medical Director for Monroe County and serves on the Regional EMS Council as the Pediatric Content Expert.

In 2013, Dr. Murray joined the Board of the Rochester Childfirst Network, an agency committed to providing high quality, early education to the children of Rochester. She is a member of the AAP's Council on Communications and the Media and has previously written for their blog. In addition, she serves as a Spokesperson for the AAP.
First Aid Kit or ER? Determining if a Cut Needs Stitches
Accidents happen all the time, but how can you determine if you're dealing with a simple first aid kit fix or a trip to the ER?

It seems children are always in need of first aid; relieving pain and preventing infections are a huge priority.

So, when should you use your at home first aid kit, and when should you seek professional care?

Elizabeth Murray, MD, joins Melanie Cole, MS, to discuss whether you should go to the ER or use your first aid kit for cuts, burns, scratches, and other injuries.
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