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What to know about open wound care?

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What to know about open wound care?

An open wound care is treating the exposing of the body tissue to the external environment. People can sometimes do open wound care at home with medicines and natural remedies. Thus, immediate open wound care is very important. The following article shall tell you more about open wound care.

 

Here are the main points of the article


What are the types of open wounds?

How should you do open wound care?

 

What are the types of open wounds?


Some examples of the types of open wounds are listed below:

1.    Abrasion: An abrasion is when the skin rubs or slides on a rough surface. Some common abrasions include a scraped knee or a road rash. Very little blood is seen in this process but it is important to disinfect the wound and carry out wound care.

2.    Laceration: A laceration is a deep tear or tear in the skin. Scratches usually occur in accidents or incidents involving knives, machines, or other sharp tools. This kind of cut can cause a lot of bleeding.

3.    Avulsion: Avulsion is the forced tearing of the skin and subcutaneous tissue. Violent incidents, such as explosions, animal attacks or motor vehicle accidents, can lead to violent conflict.

4.    Puncture: A puncture wound is a small hole in soft tissue. Fragments and needles can cause acute puncture wounds that affect only the outer tissue. However, a knife or gunshot wound can damage deep muscles and internal organs, which can lead to massive bleeding.

5.    Incision: Incisions are clean, straight incisions in the skin. Many surgical procedures have incisions. However, accidents involving knives, blades, broken glass and other sharp objects can cause incisions. Incisions often result in large, rapid bleeding. A deep incision can damage a muscle or nerve and may require stitches.

All these types of different open wounds need wound care immediately and the wound care varies as the wounds vary.

 

How should you do open wound care?


Open wound care should obey the following steps:

  • Stop the bleeding: gently press the wound with a clean cloth or bandage to help stop the bleeding.

  • Clean the wound: rinse off any debris and bacteria with water and saline. Once the wound looks clean, wipe it dry with a clean cloth. Doctors may need to perform surgical debridement in the wound care process to remove debris from a serious wound that contains dead tissue, glass, bullets, or other foreign material.

  • Treat the wound with antibiotics: after cleaning the wound, apply a thin layer of Neosporin to prevent infection.

  • Seal and dress wounds: sealing clean wounds is also part of wound care. For small wounds, waterproof bandages and gauze work well. Deep open wounds may require stitches or pins. However, before the infection goes away, open an already infected wound.

  • Change bandages regularly: the centers for disease control and prevention (CDC) recommends removing old bandages and checking for signs of infection every 24 hours. Disinfect and dry the wound before re-applying a clean bandage or gauze. Remember to keep the wound dry through the wound care process.

 

An open wound is a wound in which body tissue is exposed to the external environment. Exposed wounds can be infected by colonies on the skin. However, appropriate hygiene and wound care techniques can help reduce the risk of infection and help promote faster healing. Minor open wounds may not require medication, but over-the-counter Neosporin will help keep the wound clean and wound care is also needed. People can use turmeric, aloe vera, coconut oil or garlic as natural remedies for minor open wound care. Open wounds with heavy bleeding require immediate medical wound care. Some of the home remedies for open wounds listed in this article can be purchased from our company.


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