Wound Repair

Various wounds happen throughout our lives. Like scraped knee, paper cuts, small burns. There are different types of wounds that happen and each need different treatment. If you have sustained a wound from sharp objects, falling, or blows to the body, then you need medical treatment. Part of our services at WellCare Urgent Care is offering wound repair to make sure our patients can heal properly.

What Can Cause a Wound?

You will likely have one or more small wounds such as a scraped knee during your lifetime, but you will seldom have a serious wound that requires stitches or surgery to help it heal.

A skin wound can occur for several reasons, including:

  • Lacerations from sharp objects
  • Blows to the body
  • Falling injuries
  • Projectile injuries

Skin wounds are considered open injuries because the uppermost layer of skin is damaged with minor cuts, but with serious lacerations, the underlying layers of skin and blood vessels are exposed.

How Does a Wound Heal?

For small wounds such as a cut on the finger from a knife, you can clean the skin with antiseptics such as rubbing alcohol or hydrogen peroxide. This will eliminate the pathogens on the skin and in the underlying damaged tissue to prevent an infection. With the application of an adhesive bandage, you can keep dirt and pathogens from entering the wound. You should monitor the injury frequently to ensure that it is healing properly.

There are several wound-healing phases:

  • Hemostasis – the body creates a fast-chemical-reaction to heal the injury
  • Inflammatory – the blood coagulates to prevent additional bleeding and blood flow
  • Proliferative – the body produces new skin cells to repair the wound and start tissue regeneration and repair
  • Maturation – new skin tissue gains flexibility and strength

Small wounds typically complete the wound-repair process without any specialized treatment, but if there is redness or swelling, then you can use an over-the-counter antibiotic ointment to eliminate any infection and speed up the wound-healing process. However, if you notice additional problems from the wound, then you must visit an urgent care center for an evaluation. A physician can examine the wound to remove an infection from the tissues along with prescribing an oral antibiotic to aid in tissue repair. If you’re experiencing chronic wounds, a physician should examine those as well to diagnose the underlying issue.

Treatment for Larger and Deeper Wounds

When you have a larger wound or a wound that is small but goes deeper into the body, immediate medical attention is required. In some cases, you should contact paramedics for assistance with a wound that is bleeding or that includes severe pain or other health issues such as respiratory distress. If a projectile has entered your body, then the foreign object will require removal with surgery, and this requires hospitalization. Longer and deeper lacerations require stitches to help the wound heal with less scarring. If a wound is on the face or neck, then you should have a repair from an expert to ensure you’re reducing scar formation that can alter your appearance.

Frequently Asked Questions about Wound Repair

Come into WellCare

If you have sustained a wound, the best plan is to come into WellCare Urgent Care to make sure that it is not serious and to get proper treatment. Book a same-day appointment with us online at both our Cascade and Leonard locations.

Should I visit Urgent Care or Emergency Room?

Urgent Care

When you have any medical condition that is non-life threatening or have general medical needs, then an Urgent Care center can take care of these. WellCare Urgent Care takes care of a variety of medical concerns such as the flu, vaccinations, physicals, allergy symptoms, and more.

WellCare Urgent care is convenient because it is quick and cost-effective.

Average visit time: 1 hour
Average cost: $150

Emergency Room

Emergency care is necessary when you are suffering from a life-threatening condition. This could be a heart attack, stroke, head injury, or other trauma that requires more advanced treatment. If you or someone you love has a life-threatening illness or injury, then you need to call 911 and get to the closest Emergency Room.

Emergency Rooms, while the best option for serious trauma, do take time and are costly.

Average Time Spent: 4.5 hours
Average Cost Per Visit: $1700

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