- There’s a lot of uncontrollable bleeding that won’t stop under direct pressure
- The bleeding lasts for longer than 20 minutes
- The injury was caused by a foreign object
- The open wound is deeper than ½ inch
- The injury is a result of an accident that could have caused major trauma
Popular causes of cuts, lacerations & abrasions in seniors.
Causes of cuts, lacerations, and abrasions in seniors are typically accidents. As we age, the likelihood of a fall resulting in a significant injury increases. Why? An aged body often has a more difficult time bouncing back from minor injuries, as the bones and skin are more fragile and recovery time is longer. Accidents that result in serious injuries and open wounds often involve:
- Blunt trauma
- Road rash
- Falls with sharp objects
- Thoroughly clean wound as soon as possible with soap and water
- Apply antibiotic ointment (if readily available)
- Cover open wounds with a bandage or gauze dressing
- Keep the wound clean and dry for the first 24 hours
- Change the dressing daily using sterile gloves
If left untreated
If left untreated, an open wound may not heal—leaving a gateway for germs, bacteria, and other contaminants to enter the body and blood stream. These infections can lead to all kinds of serious and deadly health concerns. If you’re questioning the severity of an injury or would like to play it safe, DispatchHealth is here to help.
Instead of exposing your bloody, deep, and painful wound to the horrors of a crowded ER waiting room, we can treat your injury in the comfort of your home. Offering an affordable flat rate for uninsured patients, but accepting most major forms of health insurance—including Medicare and Medicaid—DispatchHealth does all that we can to ensure you benefit from personalized medical care at an affordable price. Best of all, requesting care is as easy as contacting us via a phone call, our app, or on our website. Within a few hours, our medical professionals will arrive at your place of need.