Chronic wounds and sepsisAfter a traumatic injury to the arm, hand or fingers, depending on the severity of the injury, these wounds may take a long time to heal. These open wounds are also at risk of infection and require constant monitoring.
What kinds of wounds may be deemed chronic?
Open wounds on the arm, hand or fingers require long term treatment to prevent infection and complications thereof. Of course, exposed fractures and trauma injuries can leave open wounds that may be complicated to treat. Burns can be chronic in nature depending on the classification of the burn, the location and affected tissues while bites, be it a human bite or animal bite, carry a high risk of infection.
All of these wounds require continuous monitoring by your hand surgeon watching for signs of infection such as localised redness, swelling, warmth, fever or chills, and drainage from the wound. This is done to prevent tissue damage as well as life-threatening sepsis.