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April 2009 Chirurgeon's Message

It's Only a Flesh Wound!

We are all aware that if an injury is gushing blood we need to stop the bleeding. But did you realize that a small cut can lead to your death. What? Did she actually say your death? Yup, any break in the skin can get infected. This infection may get into your blood and this will lead to your death. Of course, this is if you don't take care of it. During the Civil War, more people dead of infections then from wounds sustained in battle.

So, what is a wound infection?
  • A traumatic wound (break in the skin) shows signs of infection. This includes sutured wounds, puncture wounds, and scrapes.
  • Most contaminated wounds become infected 24 to 72 hours after the initial break in the skin.

So, what does a wound infection look like?
  • Pus or cloudy fluid draining from the wound
  • Pimple or yellow crust formed on the wound (impetigo)
  • Scab has increased in size
  • Increasing redness around the wound (cellulitis)
  • Red streak is spreading from the wound toward the heart (lymphangitis)Itchy nose, roof of mouth or throat
  • Wound has become extremely tender
  • Pain or swelling increasing after 48 hours since the wound occurred
  • Wound has developed blisters or black dead tissue (gangrene and myonecrosis)
  • Lymph node draining that area of skin may become large and tender (lymphadenitis)
  • Onset of widespread bright red sunburn-like rashItchy nose, roof of mouth or throat
  • Onset of fever
  • Wound hasn't healed within 10 days after the injury

See a Doctor if:
  • You feel weak or very sick
  • Bright red, sunburn-like rash on you body
  • Fever occurs
  • Red streak runs from the wound
  • Increasing redness around the wound
  • Severe pain in the wound
  • Face wound with signs of infection
  • Finger wound, where finger has sausage shaped swelling and pain

So, if you get a wound of any type, stop a Chirurgeon for assistance. We have everything you need to clean, bandage and protect that wound. We'll bandage you up and get you back to fighting or suggest you see your doctor if it appears serious.

THL Blase di Angelo
Kingdom Chirurgeon


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