These wounds are most likely to become dangerously infected Edit
- Dirty wounds, or wounds made with dirty objects
- Puncture wounds and other deep wounds that do not bleed much
- Bites, especially from pigs, dogs, or people
- Wounds made where animals are kept: in corrals, pig pens, etc.
- Large wounds with severe mashing or bruising
- Bullet wounds
Special care for this type of ‘high risk’ wound Edit
- Do your initial assessment and first aid. Stop any dangerous bleeding.
- Get the person to a health center to have the wound cleaned well of dirt, blood clots, and dead or badly damaged flesh.
- The health center should give an antibiotic if it is necessary and a tetanus booster shot. If the wound is from an animal bite and there is a chance of rabies, the health center should give an immunization.
- Never close this type of wound with stitches or ‘butterfly’ bandages. Leave the wound open.
See Infected wounds for first aid care information.