Wound Care Guide
By Carter Denny
The Types of Wounds
There are 5 different types of wounds: abrasion, incision, laceration, puncture, and avulsion.
- Step one is to always put on gloves
- Step two is to stop the bleeding by applying pressure, elevating the wound, and using the pressure points
- step three is to clean the wounds to reduce the chance of infection
- step four(if stitches aren't required) is to wrap the wound with a bandage, or other wrapping
Stitches are mostly used to repair lacerations, incisions, and sometimes punctures. The wound has to be deep enough that it's too difficult to repair without them. Ultimately the decision is made by the physician, and stitches must be used within twelve hours. Steri strips can be used if stitches aren't required.
There are five signs of wound infections and they are:
- disordered function