There are many different types of wounds. Open wounds are those that have broken the skin, while closed wounds are those in which the skin remains intact, yet tissue damage beneath the skin could be evident. A contusion is a type of closed wound that occurs when blunt force trauma breaks the blood vessels beneath the skin, allowing blood to pool and forming a bruise.
Most types of wounds are open wounds, such as abrasions, which occur when the skin is scraped. For example, carpet burn is a type of abrasion. Abrasions are typically superficial wounds, meaning they do not penetrate into the deeper layers of skin. An incision wound is a “clean” cut caused by a sharp object. Two examples are paper cuts and surgical wounds. A puncture wound is also caused by a sharp object, such as a nail. Since puncture wounds often result in tetanus infection, it’s important to seek medical care at a nearby hospital. You may also need medical attention for a laceration, which can be shallow or deep. Laceration wounds usually feature jagged edges.
The wound specialists at Memorial Hospital of Tampa provide advanced care for slow-healing wounds. South Tampa residents can call us at (813) 873-6400 to ask about the individualized treatment plans available at our community hospital.