Types of Wounds


  • Where the skin is scrapped against a rough surface
  • Top layer of skin has ben worn away
  • Most often gets exposed to dirt. Which can increase risk for infection
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  • Sharp or pointed objects that can tear the tissue with jagged edges
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  • Where the wound has smooth edges around it
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Puncture wounds

  • Can occur during activity but could be fatal
  • Tetatnus bacillus could enter the bloodstream.
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Avulsion wounds

  • Where the skin has been torn from the body and there is major bleeding
  • Place avulsed tissue in moist gauze (saline), plastic bag and immerse in cold water
  • Take to hospital for reattachment
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Precautions when taking care of wounds

Controlling external bleeding

  • There are 3 different ways to control bleeding such as: Direct, elevation, and pressure points.
  • With direct you want to put pressure on the wound with gauze and if the bleeding goes through, add more gauze!
  • Next you'll want to elevate above the heart (if possible) and continue with the pressure
  • Lastly apply pressure to an artery to decrease the blood flow to the area.
  1. You can apply pressure to the Brachial artery- upper arm
  2. Or apply pressure to the Femoral artery- top of thigh

Wound care

For immediate care you would use Universal precautions - to treat all wounds as if they've been contaminated with blood borne pathogens.

  1. First step: To ALWAYS wear gloves
  2. Clean wounds with soap, water and sterile solution
Antibacterial ointments are effective in limiting bacterial growth and preventing wound from sticking to dressing

When are suture (stitches) necessary?

  • Deep lacerations, incisions, and occasionally punctures
  • If wound edges, it may be needed
  • Cannot be easily pushed back together
  • A physician should make the decisions
  • Within 12 years, sutures can then be used
  • If stitches are not required, you can then use steri-strips

5 signs of wound infections

  1. Pain
  2. Heart
  3. Redness
  4. Swelling
  5. Disordered function