Puncture wounds are one form of a deep wound that cuts deeper than ¼ of an inch beneath the surface of the skin.

While many wounds create different surface-level problems, some injuries prompt wounds that go far beyond the epidermis.

What is it?

In technical terms, a deep wound is one that cuts deeper than ¼ of an inch beneath the surface of the skin. Because they go so far below the surface of the body, these wounds are much more likely to cause damage to a ligament, major blood vessel or artery, tendon or an organ. The depth can also cause both internal and external bleeding. Deep wounds are most commonly cuts or puncture wounds.

What are the causes?

Deep wounds can come from a variety of sources, including everything from stepping onto a rusty nail to a car accident. However, it is often the cause of the deep injury that will best prescribe the proper care.

Deep wound care

First and foremost, deep wounds must be treated promptly. Wounds that have caused a good deal of bleeding could put a patient’s life in danger, so controlling the amount of blood loss is key. Gentle pressure should be applied to the entire wound surface.

Deep wounds will also need particular dressings to make sure they do not become infected. Many deep puncture wounds and cuts are caused by surfaces that routinely have dirt or other chemicals, such as a rusty nail, a dirty piece of glass, and the like. If possible, the flush out the wound with an antiseptic rinse, such as hydrogen peroxide, which can help eliminate the changes of blood infections. Most deep cuts will also require staples or stitches, which can provide a makeshift surface for the cut until it can naturally heal.

Once a “surface” has been created for the wound, antibiotic cream should be applied, along with gauze or another type of sterile covering.

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