Wound Care

By Kailey Williams

Different Types of Wounds


Skin scraped against rough surfaces.


Sharp or pointed object tears tissue. Results in wound with jagged edges.


Wound with smooth edges.

Puncture Wound

Can easily occur during activity but could be fatal. Could introduce tetanus bacillus to bloodstream.

Avulsion Wounds

Skin is torn from body

Caring for Wounds

Put on gloves.

Controlling external bleeding:

1.Direct pressure- Pressure on wound with gauze, add more if blood soaks through

2.Elevation- Elevate above heart

3.Pressure points- Add pressure to an artery to decrease blood flow

Clean wounds with soap, water, and sterile solution to minimize infection.

Antibacterial ointments are effective in limiting bacterial growth.

Are Sutures (Stitches) Necessary?

Deep lacerations, incisions, and occasionally punctures.

May be needed if the wound edges cannot be pushed back together.

Decision should be may by a physician.

Sutures should be used within 12 hours.

Signs of Wound Infection

1. Pain

2. Heat

3. Redness

4. Swelling

5. Disordered function