Traumatic Wound Management

Traumatic Wound Management

Traumatic wounds include abrasions, lacerations, puncture wounds, and amputations. A puncture wound occurs when a pointed object, such as a knife or glass fragment, penetrates the skin.

When caring for a patient with a traumatic wound, your first priority is to assess his circulation, airway, and breathing.1 Once these are stabilized, you can turn your attention to the traumatic wound. Initial management concentrates on controlling bleeding, usually by applying firm, direct pressure and elevating any affected extremity. If bleeding continues, you may need to compress a pressure point. You’ll next need to assess the condition of the wound; management and cleaning technique typically depend on the specific type of wound and degree of contamination.

Preparation of Equipment

Place a linen-saver pad under the area to be cleaned. Remove any clothing covering the wound. If necessary, clip hair around the wound with scissors to promote cleaning and treatment.

Gather needed equipment at the patient’s bedside. Fill a sterile basin with normal saline solution. Make sure the treatment area has enough light to allow close observation of the wound. Depending on the nature and location of the wound, wear sterile or clean gloves to avoid spreading infection.

Jul 21, 2016 | Posted by in NURSING | Comments Off on Traumatic Wound Management

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