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Puncture Wound (cont.)

Puncture Wound Treatment

The wound will be thoroughly cleansed. The doctor may use instruments to look for objects in the wound. The patient may be given a tetanus shot. Antibiotics may be given to people with diabetes, peripheral vascular disease, contaminated wounds, or deep wounds to the foot. Most healthy people without signs of infection do not require antibiotics.

Puncture Wound Follow-up

The patient will be given instructions for general wound care and specifically for puncture wounds. If the patient has other concerns or he or she thinks they see signs of infection (such as redness, warmth, pus draining from the wound) or develop a fever, they should call a doctor.

Puncture Wound Prevention

The following suggestions are listed to reduce the risk of puncture wounds.

  • Use sharp objects only for their intended purpose and handle with care. Keep out of reach of children.
  • Do not run with sharp objects or glass in your hands.
  • Always sweep up broken glass promptly and carefully avoid picking up pieces with bare hands.
  • Remove nails from boards and dispose of them properly.
  • Keep play and work areas free of trash and glass bottles or objects.

Puncture Wound Prognosis

Most puncture wounds heal well on their own. Patients will be given thorough instructions emphasizing wound care and cleansing and monitoring for infection. Overall prognosis from most puncture wounds (except puncture wounds from guns, long knives or deep wounds that puncture the intestines, lungs, brain or other organs, which are not the subjects of this article) is good.

Medically reviewed by Joseph Palermo, DO; American Osteopathic Board Certified Internal Medicine


"Overview of puncture wounds"

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 4/6/2016
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