Puncture WoundsWednesday, August 11, 2010
Puncture wounds can be dangerous because theyre difficult to clean thoroughly and easy to develop infection. In todays 60 Second Housecall, Dr. Edward Hill talks about puncture wounds and what to watch for when you or a loved one is injured.
A puncture wound is an injury caused by a sharp, pointed object that penetrates the skin. A puncture wound is usually narrower and deeper than a cut or scrape.
Sharp objects, such as nails, tacks, ice picks and needles can all cause puncture wounds. Puncture wounds increase your risk for infection because they are difficult to clean and provide a warm, moist place for bacteria to grow.
Health professionals are at increased risk for needle-stick injuries. A puncture from a used needle increases the risk for infection, such as hepatitis or HIV.
When you have a puncture wound:
Determine whether any part of the object that caused the puncture is still in the wound, such as a splinter or lead from a pencil.
Determine whether underlying tissues have been injured by the object.
Clean the wound and remove any dirt or debris to prevent infections, and
Get a tetanus shot if you have not had one within the past five years.
For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.