Trauma




  • Includes exemplary first aid advice in the treatment of a traumatic wound
  • Explains gun-shot, crush and penetrating injuries and how to manage them
  • Covers degloving injuries
  • Includes a tabulated summary for the classification of skin-tear wounds

Because the skin has a protective function, it is always at risk of physical injury from trauma. Traumatic injuries include contusions, abrasions, tears, incisions, lacerations, punctures and penetrating injuries, thermal wounds, degloving and avulsion injuries, and crush injuries. This chapter provides a unique discussion surrounding the care of these traumatic wounds.


Contents include

  • First aid
    • Assessment
    • Amputation
    • Foreign bodies
    • Haemorrhage
    • Cleansing
    • Dressings
  • Gunshot wounds
  • Penetrating injuries
  • Crush injuries
  • Degloving injuries
  • Skin tears
    • Haemostasis and wound cleansing
    • Preservation of skin flap
    • Promotion of moist wound healing
    • Prevention of infection
    • Protection from further injury
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