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A break in continuity of tissues is called wound.
A Wound can be caused by almost any injurious agent and can involve almost any tissue or structure.


Tidy wounds Untidy wounds

inflicted by sharp instruments contain devitalized tissue can be closed immediately with expectation of quiet primary healing

e.g. surgical incisions Cuts from glass or knives skin wounds single or clean cut tendons, nerves, arteries frequently injured but repair is usually possible fractures are not common

Result from crushing,avulsions,tearing,vascular injury or burns Contain devitalized tissue Skin woundsmultiple or irregular Tendons,nerves,arteriesexposed fractures are common.may be multifragmentary untidy wounds need conversion to tidy wounds by wound excision and then can be closed or allowed to heal by second intention

WOUND CLOSURE Direct closure Partial thickness skin graft Full thickness skin graft Composite graft Skin flap Fascicutaneous graft Musculocutaneous graft Free tissue transfer

BRUISE, CONTUSION AND HAEMATOMA Resulting from closed blunt injury Bleeding into the tissues and visible discoloration Require no specific shoud be advised that time required to clear bruise is variable Localized collection of blood in the tissues is called haematoma These usually resolve spontaneously

They can be drained or aspirated if necessary(pressure effects,cosmetically sensitive site) PUNCTURE WOUNDS An open injury in which foreign material and organisms are likely to be carried deeply into underlying tissues e.g. standing on nail or other sharp object Rx. Wound irrigation Antibiotic treatment Tetanus prophylaxis Large foreign bodies should be removed but small ones requiring tissue dissection cause tissue damage and are better left undisturbed. If there is abcess formation it should be drained ABRASIONS & FRICTION BURNS An abrasion is a shearing injury of skin in which surface is rubbed off Most are superficial and heal by epithelialisation If ingrained with dirt, treatment is by cleaning with a scrubbing brush

Friction burnabrasion+thermal damage

LACERATION Laceration or cut is the result of contact with a sharp object Management :

Inspection Cleaning Closure Haemostasis is important.

Drains may be needed to prevent fluid collection

TRACTION & AVULSION Open injuries with severe degree of tissue damage e.g. hands or limbs trapped in moving machinery like rollers producing degloving injury runover road traffic accident injuries Degloving is caused by shearing forces that separate tissue planes ,rupturing vascular interconnections and causing tissue ischemia Rx Identify the area of devitalized skin & to remove it,defat it & then reapply it as a full

thickness skin graft


Crush injuries are a variant of blunt injury often accompanied by degloving and compartment syndrome Injury to tissues within closed fascial compartment Bleeding,exudate,swelling Increased interstitial pressure Decreased blood flow Muscle ischaemia,nerve ischaemia Muscle necrosis,skin necrosis &limb loss Muscle necrosis may result in renal failure Clinical sign:Pain worsened by passive stretching of affected muscle Process can be arrested by early recognition and decompression of affected compartment(s) by FASCIOTOMY CHRONIC WOUNDS

ULCERS Any breach in epithelial surface Wound healing is delayed by infection,mechanical irritation,ischaemia or other metabolic factors Common in diabetes & rheumatoid arthritis

Rx Specific management of underlying cause Ulcer is managed either by dressings to allow healing by second intention or by surgical excision of granulation tissue and split skin grafting.

o PRESSURE SORES Are chronic wounds following tissue necrosis from pressure Occur over bony prominences

Common in paraplegics,unconscious or confused,hypotensives and patients with peripheral vascular disease PREVENTION Regular turning,skin care,protection of pressure areas Rx Identify and treat underlying cause Nutritional support Incontinence should be managed appropriately Surgical treatment accelerates healing.sore is excised and closed using a flap