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Comparing the hair apposition technique with traditional closure in scalp lacerations: a literature review

Comparing the hair apposition technique with traditional closure in scalp lacerations:...

Why you should read this article: • To identify the clinical outcomes for patients with scalp lacerations using the hair apposition technique (HAT) in comparison to the traditional options for wound closure in the emergency department • To recognise that further research is required to support the existing evidence on the use of HAT for scalp lacerations • To be aware that emergency nurses must undertake appropriate education and clinical skills practice before implementation of HAT in their setting This literature review aimed to explore the clinical outcomes for adult and child patients with scalp lacerations using the hair apposition technique (HAT) compared with the traditional options of sutures and staples for wound closure in the emergency department (ED). Although the research is scant, in the studies examined HAT was received positively by patients, had limited complications, was cost-effective and was suitable for use in the age ranges that met the criteria for its application. Further research is required to support the existing evidence, but the use of HAT for low-risk scalp lacerations in the ED should be considered and is within the scope of all healthcare professionals who undertake appropriate practice of this clinical skill.

Diagnostic and treatment dilemmas in well children with petechial rash in the emergency department

Diagnostic and treatment dilemmas in well children with petechial rash in the ED

Tailoring the investigation, treatment and discharge of well children with petechial rash

Pain assessment tools for use with children in acute pain in the emergency department

Pain assessment tools for use with children in acute pain in the emergency department

Triage nurses are required to use an appropriate, validated tool to assess acute pain

Engaging nurses in patient recruitment to research trials in the emergency department

Engaging nurses in patient recruitment to research trials in the emergency department

The challenges of undertaking a feasibility trial in a city centre emergency department

Hypomagnesaemia: diagnosis and management in the emergency department

Hypomagnesaemia: diagnosis and management in the emergency department

Enhance your knowledge of the clinical management of patients with a deficiency in magnesium

Researching nurses’ adherence to patient safety guidelines in emergency departments

Researching nurses’ adherence to patient safety guidelines in emergency departments

Increase your awareness of the Joint Commission International’s six patient safety goals

Trauma pain management in the emergency department: use of methoxyflurane as a patient-administered analgesic

Trauma pain management: use of methoxyflurane as a patient-administered analgesic

Learn about the use of methoxyflurane for people with traumatic injuries in the ED

Do educational interventions improve the attitudes of emergency nurses towards patients who self-harm? A systematic review

The efficacy of educational interventions on nurses’ attitudes to patients who self-harm

Do educational interventions improve attitudes of emergency nurses to patients who self-harm?

Exploring the factors that influence trauma team activation in emergency department staff

Factors that influence trauma team activation in emergency department staff

Evaluation of the factors influencing the decision to activate the trauma team in ED staff

Acute behavioural disturbance: recognition, assessment and management

Acute behavioural disturbance: recognition, assessment and management

ABD typically affects overweight men in their mid-thirties who misuse illicit stimulants

Factors that affect nurses’ triage decisions in the emergency department: a literature review

Factors that affect nurses’ triage decisions in the emergency department

A literature review of recent studies on factors influencing ED nurses’ triage decisions

Assessing and managing people exposed to conducted energy device (Taser) discharge

Assessing and managing people exposed to conducted energy device (Taser) discharge

Role of nurses in post-Taser assessment and management in custodial and emergency settings

Managing a patient presenting to the ED with upper gastrointestinal bleeding

Familiarise yourself with a care bundle that can be used for rapid assessment and management

Too much of a good thing? Diagnosis and management of patients with serotonin syndrome

Interventions that can be administered in the emergency department

Endometriosis: a guide to investigations and treatment in the emergency department

The risk factors for endometriosis and its indicative signs and symptoms
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Preventing pressure ulcers in emergency departments: four effective nurse-led changes

A look at the prevention project in the ED at Karolinska University Hospital in Sweden

Assessment and management of snake bites in the emergency department

Following a case study and the steps nurses should take to manage patients

Cerebral venous thrombosis in the puerperium: a reflective case study

Causes and variability of presenting symptoms, diagnosis and treatment options for CVT

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