Puncture wounds: Everything You Should Know

Deep wounds caused by a sharp object can be more serious than you might initially think. While they may not bleed much, they have significant potential to cause infection. Puncture wounds need prompt attention, so be sure to seek medical advice as soon as possible.

Fairview Rehab & Nursing Home in Queen NY offers specialized care for ulcers, burns, puncture wounds and lacerations, among others. We have a dedicated wound care team that implements an individualized care plan to ensure any infection is controlled. Our care regime includes pain management, infection control, assessment, monitoring, and education.

What follows is some general information about deep wounds and what to look out for.

Nurse providing care to a patient with puncture wounds lying on bed.

How do you know if a puncture wound is serious?

Pain is a good indicator of how serious a puncture wound is. Redness, swelling and the appearance of pus are further signs that the wound needs immediate treatment. Serious wounds may also be accompanied by numbness or tingling at the wound site, or a fever.

Another thing to consider is where the wound is. For instance, if it is near a joint, there’s a risk of infection spreading to cartilage and bone. If that happened, it could affect your mobility, if left untreated. A puncture wound to the head, neck, or chest will require urgent attention.

The risks of a serious infectious disease are higher if you have never had a tetanus jab. If the wound is very deep, your doctor may recommend a booster even if you have had a tetanus jab. If you an animal bit you, your doctor may need to consider the risks of a rabies infection.

What are the risks?

The main risk is that an infected puncture wound could spread to other parts of the body. The bloodstream can carry bacteria from the infected site which then target vulnerable areas. If you have a weak immune system, diabetes or are recovering from surgery, the risk of infection may be higher. Left untreated, a puncture wound may lead to a dangerous condition called sepsis.

What should I watch with a puncture wound?

If you are unlucky enough to have a deep wound from a sharp object, don’t try to self-medicate. Only a doctor can tell how serious the wound is and its potential to cause infection. He/she will consider your overall health when making the assessment. The main thing is not to brush off the wound as something insignificant.

Fairview’s dedicated wound care personnel ensure the best possible outcome for patients presenting with a deep wound. We love to see patients’ puncture wounds healing up quickly and the smiles of discharged patients.

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This article contains informational and educational materials and does not replace health or medical advice. For questions or concerns regarding your medical condition or health objectives, speak to a qualified physician or healthcare provider.