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Acute Wounds

Acute Wound Care Services Q&A

An acute wound refers to a sudden injury that affects the skin, as opposed to developing gradually over time. An acute wound occurs to the skin, blood vessels, nerves, muscles, or any part of the body that develops following an incision or trauma. After an accident, wound care entails seeking medical attention to heal the wound. Our board-certified Dr. Salvatore C. Guadino, D.P.M., and Jesse Harvey at Diabetes & Wound Specialists Affiliate locations provide specialized medical treatment for wounds that are not healing or don’t heal as quickly as they are supposed to. To find out more, contact us or schedule an appointment online today. We have convenient locations in Las Vegas NV and Brooklyn NY.

Acute Wound Care Services Near Me in Las Vegas NV, and Brooklyn NY
Acute Wound Care Services Near Me in Las Vegas NV, and Brooklyn NY

Table of Contents:

What does an acute wound look like?
What causes an acute wound?
What types of wounds are acute?
What is the difference between acute and chronic wounds?

Skin Substitutes (patches) are often used to speed up the healing process. First, your medical provider makes sure the wound debridement is completed properly and then they will apply the patch.

What does an acute wound look like?


An acute wound will exhibit a different appearance depending on its cause and severity. Typically, there may be noticeable signs of pain, swelling, or bleeding at the site of the wound. The appearance of the surrounding skin can vary depending on the nature of the injury. In some cases, the skin may appear jagged and torn, indicating a traumatic or laceration-type wound. 

When an acute wound becomes infected, additional symptoms may present. Foul-smelling pus or cloudy drainage can be present, indicating the presence of bacteria and ongoing infection. The area surrounding the wound may exhibit signs of inflammation, such as redness, swelling, or tenderness. These inflammatory responses are the body’s natural defense mechanisms to combat infection and initiate the healing process.

The appearance of an acute wound can vary depending on its specific cause, a surgical incision may appear as a clean and straight line initially, while a puncture wound may present as a small hole in the skin. Different causes of injury can result in distinct wound characteristics, and healthcare professionals evaluate these visual cues to determine the appropriate course of treatment and wound care management.

What causes an acute wound?


Acute wounds can be caused by various factors, leading to distinct types of injuries. One common cause of acute wounds is surgical procedures. Surgical wounds are intentionally created by healthcare professionals during medical interventions. These wounds are carefully incised with precision, resulting in clean edges around the incision site. Depending on the nature of the surgery, these wounds may be closed using stitches, staples, or adhesive materials, or they may be left open to heal. The classification of surgical wounds is based on their potential for infection, ranging from clean to dirty wounds.

Another common cause of acute wounds is trauma, which occurs when the skin and underlying tissues are subjected to forces resulting in a break or puncture of the skin. Traumatic wounds are classified based on the object that caused the force. Abrasions result from rough surfaces that scrape or rub against the skin, leading to tissue tearing. Puncture wounds occur when a pointed object pierces the tissue, potentially causing deep, multi-layered trauma. Lacerations are caused by sharp objects delivering a forceful blow to the tissue, resulting in irregular and jagged tears. Incisions, on the other hand, are straight-edged cuts caused by sharp blades, such as accidentally cutting a finger with a knife.

What types of wounds are acute?


An acute wound refers to a sudden injury that affects the skin, as opposed to developing gradually over time. These wounds follow the expected course of normal wound healing and typically heal at a predictable rate. Acute wounds can present anywhere on the body and range in severity, from superficial scratches to deep wounds that may involve damage to blood vessels, nerves, and muscles.

What is the difference between acute and chronic wounds?


Compared to acute wounds, chronic wounds can typically be distinguished by how long they last and often in their severity, complexity, and cause. A chronic wound is characterized by its inability to progress through the typical stages of wound healing in an orderly manner and within the expected timeframe. Unlike most wounds, which follow a predictable healing process, chronic wounds exhibit a prolonged and often stagnant healing trajectory. One common feature of chronic wounds is their tendency to become stuck in one or more phases of the healing process. For instance, these wounds frequently linger in the inflammatory stage for an extended period. Chronic wounds encompass various types, including venous and arterial ulcers, diabetic ulcers, and pressure ulcers, among others.

Make sure to ask one of our medical providers if skin substitutes (patches) might work for you.

Acute wound care services are available at Diabetes & Wound Specialists. For more information, contact us or book an appointment online. We have convenient locations to serve you. We serve patients from Las Vegas NV, Brooklyn NY, Spring Valley NV, Paradise NV, Summerlin NV, Henderson NV, Manhattan NY, Jamaica NY, Bay Ridge NY, Fort Hamilton NY, and surrounding areas.


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