Correct Wound Management Techniques
Wounds management can often times be challenging. One of the first steps in wound healing and management is to determine the underlying etiology followed by local wound care. A wound is a break in skin and all wounds are treated differently depending on how they occurred and their severity.
There are signs and symptoms to look in wound infection management. Superficial wounds like scraps are obvious to the eye. They may have more of a slow bleeding and are usually caused by abrasive surfaces. Lacerations go through all of the skin layers and the bleeding may be much greater. Puncture wounds are often caused by sharp pointed objects such as knives or glass. Puncture wounds can sometimes be caused by humans or animal bites as well.
Some wounds do not require medical attention, however, wound infection management should be taken when a cut or laceration is greater than half and inch long and you can see fat or deep tissues. If the blood is profuse and does not stop after ten minutes you should call a doctor and seek medication attention. Yellow discharge or redness around the wound shows that you should seek help from a doctor.
If you have a severe wound you should not wait to seek attention. A doctor typically will not stitch a wound after eight to twelve hours as the infection is greater at that point. Open wounds take much longer to heal and do leave scars.
A general rule of thumb for seeking medical attention is any obvious life-threatening cut, lacerations greater than a half inch long and if bleeding persists and cannot be stopped. If something is stuck in the wound such as debris it is also a good idea to seek immediate help.
A physician or nurse will clean the area and it will be numbed. If the wound requires stitches the doctor will take precautionary measures not to cross-contaminate by wearing gloves.
You can determine if a wound is infected by doing tests. Not all wounds are infected but all wounds are contaminated. Contaminated wounds are filled with microorganisms. Contaminated wounds will heal but infected wounds will not. With proper wound healing and management an infected wound will heal over time.
If you feel your wound may be infected it is a good idea to consult a physician immediately to take steps to treat the infection. A physician may do a typical antibiotic flush, apply topical applications or give antibiotics. The type of infection will determine which steps are taken.
There are some common types of wound dressings which include absorptive fillers, alginates, foams, gauze and hydrogels and a doctor will know which dressing is right for an individuals particular wound. Please do a Web search to find all types of common dressings.
If you or anyone you know would like more information on wound care please visit http://www.amwcf.org for more information regarding wounds management.