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Wound Care

Wound Care

Mercy Emergency Room offers expert wound care services to individuals sustaining injuries resulting in cuts, lacerations, punctures, or abrasions. Wound care encompasses the assessment, cleaning, treatment, and closure of wounds to promote proper healing and prevent infection.

What are the types of wounds?

We see a wide range of wounds, including cuts, deep lacerations, puncture wounds, burns, and other traumatic injuries. The severity of wounds can vary from minor to life-threatening, requiring immediate intervention.

When should someone seek ER care for a wound?

ER care for a wound is warranted when the wound is deep, large, or jagged; when there is excessive bleeding; when foreign objects are embedded in the wound; when the wound is caused by a dirty or contaminated object; or when there is a risk of damage to vital structures. Additionally, individuals may need ER care if they have not had a tetanus shot in several years or if the wound is the result of an animal or human bite.

How is wound care in the ER performed?

Care typically begins with a thorough examination of the wound's type, depth, and any associated damage. The wound is then cleaned to remove debris and reduce the risk of infection. Depending on the wound's severity, treatment may involve sutures, staples, adhesive closures, or specialized dressings. Tetanus vaccinations may also be administered when needed.

Why is wound care important?

Proper wound care in the ER is crucial for several reasons. It helps prevent infection, promotes optimal healing, reduces scarring, and ensures that underlying structures such as tendons, nerves, and blood vessels are not compromised.

If you or a loved one is injured and needs emergency wound care walk in to Mercy Emergency Room in Sugar Land, Texas open 24 hours a day with little to no wait times.