My daughter got six stitches on her wrist last night (awkward 13 year olds and fancy stemware do not mix). The ER surgeon’s instructions were: Keep it covered. Do not get it wet. Have her pediatrician remove stitches in 7 days. The wound care nurse’s written instructions are: Keep it covered for 24 hours, after which stitches should be washed with warm soapy water and left uncovered during the day. Have stitches removed in 5 days.
Which to follow? Why the conflicting instructions? What to do if bleeding starts again? It did during the night and compression stopped it. It continues to bleed on and off, but not heavily.
For now I’m following the ER surgeon’s instructions, mostly because my daughter is not about to let anyone near enough to wash it. But I’m curious as to the different schools of thought that give such contradictory instructions.