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Wound Care (cont.)

Wound Prognosis

The prognosis for wound healing is individualized and depends upon the type of wound, the underlying injury, and the baseline health of the patient.

  • Most minor wounds including simple lacerations and abrasions heal on their own and do not require medical care.
  • The more complicated the patient and the more complicated the wound, the prognosis for a perfect outcome decreases. The goal for all wounds is to have healing that allows the return of the injured part to normal function.
  • Outcome also depends upon the risk factors present. Wounds that are contaminated and very dirty are more likely to become infected, and heal poorly than those that are not. Wounds to heal less well in individuals with poorly controlled diabetes or who have poor circulation.
  • All lacerations will leave a scar but the health care practitioner will work to minimize the thickness and appearance of scars.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 11/14/2014

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