Wound Library

Wound Library Acute

Acute wounds normally proceed through an orderly and timely reparative process that results in sustained restoration of anatomic and functional integrity. A key principle for the management of acute wounds is that the handling and treatment of tissue must be as atraumatic. (i.e., non-traumatic) as possible (Cohen et al., 1999)

Acute wounds can be categorised by the mechanism of injury such as burn wounds, incised wounds, avulsion, contused, lacerated, and puncture wounds.

Typically heals in 1-3 weeks with the restoration of underlying tissue, integrity and function of the skin. Generally, surgical intervention such as skin gradt, flaps and cosmetic interventions may be required for wound closure.

Acute wound can progress to a chronic wound if it does not heal within 6 weeks.