Wounds and open fractures

27 Wounds and open fractures

A large variety of wounds may be seen in emergency patients, resulting from a range of different causes, and an extensive discussion is beyond the scope of this book. This chapter briefly presents some general considerations and the reader is referred to other texts for more extensive wound-specific management and surgical closure.

Clinical Tip

A large proportion of patients presenting with wounds or open fractures have suffered significant multisystemic injury (see Ch. 28). It is essential to ensure that as far as possible the fundamental principles of emergency medicine are not sacrificed at the expense of focusing on the wound(s). Major body system examination, cardiorespiratory stabilization and adequate pain relief should be prioritized as always; wounds and fractures are rarely life-threatening.

Wound management centres on the following steps:

Sep 3, 2016 | Posted by in SMALL ANIMAL | Comments Off on Wounds and open fractures

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