The purpose of this study is to determine if conservative management is as effective as surgical repair of nailbed injuries. Participants will receive either suture repair or conservative care.
People who are 6 years of age or older who present to a local emergency room with simple linear laceration/crush injury to the nail bed.
Participants will be randomized and treated with either suture (stitches) or dressing changes during their emergency room visit. Participants will also receive physical exams and be asked to fill out questionnaires about their hand/finger function.
The study lasts for one year after the initial emergency room visit. After treatment, participants need to schedule a clinic appointment for wound check and dressing removal. Cosmetic appearance will be assessed at 6-month and 12-month appointments.
Please contact Jennifer Koechle, MPH, at (217) 545-7014 or email firstname.lastname@example.org .
Michael W. Neumeister, MD