What types of wounds require stitches?

The following major injuries often require stitches:
  • Bleeding from an artery or uncontrolled bleeding
  • Wounds that show muscle or bone, involve joints, gape widely, or involve hands or feet
  • Wounds from large or deeply embedded objects
  • Wounds from human or animal bites
  • Wounds that, if left unstitched, could leave conspicuous scars, such as those on the face

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