Wound Care

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Wound care

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Puncture Wound

  • Can easily occur during activity but could be fatal
  • Could introduce tetanus bacillus to bloodstream
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Avulsion Wound

  • Skin is torn from body = major bleeding
  • Place avulsed tissue in moist gauze, plastic bag and immerse in cold weather
  • Take to hospital for treatment

Direct Pressure

  • Pressure on wound with gauze
  • Do not remove if blood comes through - add more gauze
  • WEAR GLOVES

Elevation

  • Elevate above heart if possible - slows bleeding down
  • Continue pressure

Pressure points

  • Apply pressure to an artery pressure to an artery to decrease blood flow to area
  • Brachial artery = upper arm
  • Femoral artery = to of thigh

Immediate Care

  • Use Universal Precautions- all wounds should be treated as though they have been contaminated with blood borne pathogen
  • PUT ON GLOVES
  • TO prevent infections clean wounds with soap and water

Dressing

  • Sterile dressing
  • Antibacterial ointments are effective in limiting bacterial growth and preventing wound from sticking to dressing
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Stitching

  • Deep lacerations, incisions and occasionally punctures need stitching
  • may be needed if the wound edges cant be put back together
  • Decision should be made by a physician
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Signs of infection

  • Pain
  • Heat
  • Redness
  • Swelling
  • Disordered function