Wound Care 1

Monday, March 16, 2015

Most open wounds are minor and can be treated at home. Dr. Edward Hill gives us some tips on how to care for these wounds in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

An open wound is an injury involving an external or internal break in body tissue, usually involving the skin. Nearly everyone will experience an open wound at some point in his or her life.

Most wounds are minor and can be treated at home. Here are some tips for home wound care.

Hold the wound under warm tap water. Use soap and a soft washcloth to clean the skin around it. Try to keep soap out of the wound. Ask your doctor if you should use anything other than soap and water, because some disinfectants may slow down the healing process.

If the wound is bleeding, apply firm but gentle pressure with a clean cloth, gauze or bandage. If possible, raise the wound above the level of the heart.

Call your doctor if the wound is deep, if you cant get the edges to stay together, or if the edges are jagged. You should also call your doctor if you see any signs of infection.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.