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Ward Class is an online resource for student nurses. Created with the aim of helping student nurses cope with the demands of nursing school and clinicals, it offers free downloads, notes, sample NCPs, sample drug studies, study aids, news and updates, and practical tips to its users.

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Emergency Wound Care

The skin is the largest and most visible organ of the body. Intact skin is the body's primary defense mechanism. Once the protective skin barrier is disrupted, individuals are at greater risk for injury.

Impaired skin integrity is a common problem often requiring visits to a hospital's emergency department. Examples of skin integrity disruption are cuts from sharp objects, bites resulting in lacerations, scrapes, contusions, avulsions, abrasions, or puncture wounds.

To prevent complications such as infection and hemorrhage, emergency wound care is necessary no matter how minor a wound is. Emergency wound care, by definition, is the immediate and temporary treatment of wounds in order to prevent infection, hemorrhage, and further injury to the patient. For wounds requiring immediate medical attention, proper emergency wound care may be instrumental in saving the patient's life and ensuring a rapid recovery.

Before a health worker or any individual renders emergency wound care to a patient, it is important for him/her to remember the following:
  • Only approach the patient if it is safe for you to do so.
  • Observe universal precautions while rendering first aid measures.
  • Call for medical help immediately if there are embedded objects in the wound, if the wound is at special risk of infection, or if old wounds are showing signs of infection.
Emergency wound care provided by healthcare professionals usually involves cleansing the wound, application of measures to control bleeding, closing the wound, application of a protective dresssing, and prohylactic treatment for tetanus or rabies as indicated. These simple first aid measures will improve the patient's rate of recovery and prevent further medical problems.

To download the basic steps in emergency wound care, click on the link provided below.

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