Traumatic Open Wound Types


Learn the difference between the types of open wounds caused by trauma.

Open wound types include abrasions, excoriation, skin tears, avulsions, lacerations, and punctures, according to the Wound Care Education Institute. Traumatic open wounds involve a disruption in the integrity of the skin and underlying tissues caused by mechanical forces. In other words, these wounds are caused by brief but forceful contact with another object or surface. 

Differentiating the types of traumatic open wounds involves noting the shape and depth, as well as the nature of the mechanical force that caused it. Learn about six acute, traumatic open wounds that are commonly confused.


Information Courtesy of the Wound Care Education Institute