What are the various wound types?
Wounds are classified into six types of wounds based on how the wound is developed.
Abrasions – scrapes or scratches on the surface layers of the skin.
Avulsions – the tearing of the skin, usually from a traumatic incident.
Incisions – a smooth cut like those during surgery.
Laceration – an abnormal or rough cut that may occur from an accident.
Punctures – a wound that permeated through several skin layers, caused by a sharp, pointed object.
Ulceration – an open wound that develops from within the body itself due to health conditions like poor circulation or diabetes.
What is a chronic wound?
Wounds are classified as either acute or chronic based on how long the wound has been prevalent. An acute wound is caused by a traumatic encounter, such as surgery or injury that can occur in an accident. Chronic wounds are those that get “stuck” in the healing process due to various reasons. The wound-healing process can get derailed due to poor circulation, edema, infections, and nutritional factors. A chronic wound care specialist can help identify these conditions and get patients back on a healing path.