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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Updates

Brenner Children’s pediatric emergency department has moved back to its original location. Learn more

In order to help protect patients, family members and health care workers from the spread of COVID-19, no visitors are allowed at any of Wake Forest Baptist Health’s outpatient or inpatient facilities, except in certain situations.
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Word! Scab

Word! Scab

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Scab

Say: SKAB

As soon as you scrape or break the skin anywhere on your body, special blood cells called platelets (say: PLAYT-luts) spring into action. Platelets stick together like glue to make a clot. A clot is like a bandage over your cut that keeps more blood and other fluids from flowing out. The clot also has other blood cells and thread-like stuff called fibrin (say: FY-bren) to help hold the clot together.

As the clot gets hard and dries out, it is called a scab. Don't pick that scab — it will take longer to heal and you may even get a scar.

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