72 INCH long wound!

  1. Got to go down and help/observe in wound care today... twas very educational. There was a 72 inch long wound by about 15 inches tall and maybe 3 inches deep. The wound did not go past adipose tissue, that I could tell anyhow, but it did involve tunneling on both ends. Does this pt have a chance of survival? They are trying to let it heal by secondary intention w/vacuum seal. I just couldn't believe my eyes. It was strange (and smelly) to see someone with a wound like this alive and, for the most part, not in pain.
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  2. 34 Comments

  3. by   muffie
    you gotta splain a lil more about this very intriguing 6 ft wound please ?


    from where to where ?

    and how ?
  4. by   firstaiddave908
    wow that is a big wound how did the pt get a wound that big? and where is the wound located?
  5. by   ebear
    72in. wound??? Must be a huge person. What in the world????
    ebear
  6. by   leslie :-D
    must be u-shaped?

    longest wound i've ever seen, was the length of pt's spine.
    spinal cord became infected, r/t hardware in back.
    surgeons had to remove hardware, and all surrounding tissue.
    wound was approx 6" wide, depth to spinal cord and length of back.
    i remember 3 doctors packing wound, all without gloves.
    (i was sn in nsg school)

    leslie
  7. by   Rage
    How does a wound get to be 72" inches long and 15 inches tall? It would have to double back on itself almost 4 times........Next question is what on earth would do that except possibly a paper shredder. I saw all kinds of strange wounds on the battlefield but nothing like that.
  8. by   RN1121
    Are you sure you don't mean 72 centimeters?
  9. by   NurseNature
    I kinda feel like I am somehow violating HIPPA by explaining anymore b/c it is such a one of a kind type of wound; however, it was a very obese person and it went from side to side.
  10. by   NurseNature
    definitely inches. could have used meter sticks to measure it.
  11. by   RNDreamer
    sorry, I keep seeing r/t and can't for the life of me figure out what it means. someone pls tell me...

    BTW: I think wounds are so fascinating, at least the ones I've come across
  12. by   Multicollinearity
    r/t = related to?
  13. by   leslie :-D
    Quote from multicollinearity
    r/t = related to?
    yes, darlin.

    leslie
  14. by   RNDreamer
    thanks, it was driving me nuts!

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