World Cup Medical Care

It appeared to Homayoun Sasson, MD, chief of plastic surgery at Plainview and Franklin hospitals, that Germany’s Bastian Schweinsteiger was just cleaned up and did not have stitches put in during the game. Players need to avoid contact to the affected area for a few weeks once they have stitches, Dr. Sasson says. For parents who may be concerned about their up-and-coming soccer stars, Dr. Sasson says, “A lot of injuries are superficial…and they can be cleaned up or bandaged on the field by the parents or the coach. If it’s a hard enough blunt force that happens to the body that really causes the skin to open up and bleed, and it’s difficult to control the bleeding and it’s obvious that the skin is deeply cut, then it’s important not to continue the game for that child and to get help as soon as possible. Depending on the location of the injury, if we’re talking about lacerations and cuts, you have up to a few hours to get help. Generally, the golden rule is to do it within six to eight hours after injury.”

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