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Wound care

Skin wounds need to be cleaned and dressed.  Contrary to many myths, wounds that are kept moist heal better than those exposed to the air. Protecting the wound with a dressing provides a moist environment that encourages the surface skin cells to migrate across the gap and join up. Put simply a ‘dry wound’ is a ‘dead wound’.

Letting a wound ‘breathe’ is a common cause of wounds failing to heal. Because farmers often keep knocking their wounds on their hands and limbs they can take a long time to heal. Using a dressing will help the wound heal.  Other causes of wounds failing to heal are ongoing trauma, infection, deep burns, skin cancers or underlying medical conditions such as diabetes.

For more information on wound care visit Better Health Channel

References used for this topic page

More information:

Better Health Channel
Cuts and abrasions link

Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC)
Health First (USA)
North East Valley Division of General Practice
Clinical care:
Australian Wound Management Association
Research & reviews:
Australian Wound Management Association
Department of Veterans’ Affairs

Fast facts:

Wound care

  • Stop wounds bleeding by covering with a clean bandage and apply direct pressure.
  • Clean wounds by washing with water. Don’t scrub. Use antiseptic and cover minor cuts with sterile bandage for 48 hours.
  • If you can’t clean the wound properly or, if it is deep or not healing, you will need medical help.

Last updated: 5th December, 2016