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a wound dressing consisting of a gauze soaked in a mixture of bismuth tribromophenate and petroleum jelly

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  • if the nail appears severely injured or deformed, the nail should be removed, and the nail bed repaired with thin, absorbable sutures (eg, 6-0 or 7-0 polyglactin). then the fingertip is wrapped in nonadherent dressing (eg, xeroform gauze); the wound should be checked within 24 hours to make sure the nail bed does not adhere painfully to the dressing. evidence suggests that although the injury is technically an open fracture, antibiotics are not needed after nail bed repair in patients with a tuft fracture. merckmanuals.com