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Ch 10: Types of Wounds

About This Chapter

Knowledge of various types of wounds and how to treat them is an essential aspect of job responsibilities in many health-related careers. You can feel confident in applying treatment for all types of wounds after using the lessons in this chapter.

Types of Wounds - Chapter Summary

In this chapter, you will find expert instruction covering specific types of wounds and how they are treated. Each lesson focuses on a particular type of wound, such as puncture wounds, full thickness wounds, surgical wounds and sucking chest wounds. You will learn what defines each types, how to differentiate between them and even review examples.

With 24/7 accessibility, these lessons provide a self-paced and convenient study option for those seeking a quick and effective review of these topics. Key terms are in bold so you can identify the most important information contained in each lessons. Before moving from one topic to the next, take self-assessment quizzes so you can determine if you are ready to progress through the chapter or need further review in any area.

How It Helps

Possessing full knowledge of this material can help you to prove your value in your current position or help you build the skills needed to enter a new field. You can apply the knowledge gained in this chapter toward treating patients, training staff, taking professional certification exams or fulfilling continuing education requirements.

Skills Covered

By the end of this chapter, you will be able to:

  • Define and explain treatment for puncture wounds, full and partial thickness wounds, and shearing and friction wounds
  • Identify risk factors associated with tunneling wounds
  • Describe treatment for undermining and sucking chest wounds
  • Provide examples of surgical wounds
  • Relate types of and treatment for incised wounds

13 Lessons in Chapter 10: Types of Wounds
Puncture Wounds: Definition, Treatment & Infection

1. Puncture Wounds: Definition, Treatment & Infection

In this lesson, we will discuss what a puncture wound is and how a person may get one. Complications of a puncture wound will also be discussed, as well as how an infection from a puncture wound is treated.

Tunneling Wound: Definition, Risk Factors & Treatment

2. Tunneling Wound: Definition, Risk Factors & Treatment

Tunneling wounds are wounds that extend from the initial injury deeper into the surrounding tissues, such as skin layers and muscle. This lesson is about tunneling wounds, how they form, and how they are treated.

Tunneling Wound vs. Undermining Wound

3. Tunneling Wound vs. Undermining Wound

Tunneling and undermining in wounds are both very serious conditions. Learn about the similarities and differences between these two wound classifications.

Undermining Wound: Definition, Closure & Treatment

4. Undermining Wound: Definition, Closure & Treatment

Undermining wounds are wounds that extend under the skin into the subcutaneous tissue area. Learn about these types of wounds, including how to care for and treat them.

Full Thickness Wounds: Definition, Example & Treatment

5. Full Thickness Wounds: Definition, Example & Treatment

Full thickness wounds are wounds that extended past the skin into the subcutaneous tissue. Learn about examples and treatments of full thickness wounds.

Partial Thickness Wounds: Definition, Example & Treatment

6. Partial Thickness Wounds: Definition, Example & Treatment

Partial thickness wounds are wounds that extend only into the first two layers of skin, the epidermis or dermis. Learn about examples of these types of wounds, as well as how to treat and care for these wounds.

Sucking Chest Wound: Symptoms & Treatment

7. Sucking Chest Wound: Symptoms & Treatment

This lesson describe the concept of a sucking chest wound. You'll learn its basic pathophysiology, potential signs and symptoms, as well as its most immediate treatment.

Shearing & Friction Wounds: Definitions & Treatments

8. Shearing & Friction Wounds: Definitions & Treatments

Shearing and friction are two different forces that can cause wounds to the body, specifically ulcer wounds. Learn about shearing and friction wounds as well as how to treat these wounds.

Surgical Wound Classification: Definition & Examples

9. Surgical Wound Classification: Definition & Examples

Surgical wounds can be placed into four different classifications: Class I, Class II, Class III, and Class IV. Learn about each of these different classifications and become familiar with examples of each type of surgical wound.

Incised Wound: Definition, Types & Treatment

10. Incised Wound: Definition, Types & Treatment

Incised wounds are wounds caused by a clean, sharp object such as a knife, glass, or razor. Learn about incised wounds as well as how to treat these types of injuries.

Penetrating Trauma vs. Blunt Trauma

11. Penetrating Trauma vs. Blunt Trauma

Are you confused about the difference between penetrating trauma and blunt trauma? This lesson clearly explains the two and gives numerous examples of each.

Common Upper & Lower Extremity Injuries

12. Common Upper & Lower Extremity Injuries

Every part of your body can be injured but it really stinks when your extremities are injured as you really depend on them a lot. What are these extremities? What are some relatively common injuries associated with them? Find out in this lesson.

Degloving Injury: Definition, Causes & Treatment

13. Degloving Injury: Definition, Causes & Treatment

Imagine having a large part of your skin torn off of your body. Pretty extreme, right? Well, this is what happens with degloving injuries. Find out what they are, why they happen, and how they may be treated.

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