Wound care and emergency medicine


prehospital care
wound care

How to Cite

LEFORT, H., Rollot, F., Frangieh , M., Tourtier, J., & Fromantin, I. (2019). Wound care and emergency medicine. Mediterranean Journal of Emergency Medicine, (27), 37-40. Retrieved from http://ojs.mjemonline.com/index.php/mjem/article/view/110


Wounds are a daily challenge in emergencies and in emergency departments [1]. Acute wounds are ranked as the second reason to seek emergency care in the United States (11%) and the leading reason (13%) to visit an emergency department in France [2]. Half are related to the head, one third to the upper extremities and 13% to lower extremities. But chronic wounds can also be seen in an emergency setting in the case of acute complications (e.g. bleeding, infection) or because they are carried by a patient admitted to the emergency department independently from the wound. If their management requires a joint competency in wound care, approaches will differ, both technically and from a more general perspective. The objective of this educational work is to provide caregivers, physicians, nursing staff and first aid responders with the fundamentals to manage more appropriately acute or chronic wounds identified in acute phases.



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