Wound Complications Post Operative Underlying Cause
Causes of common post surgical wound complications include:
- Wound infection:
- Bacteria are normally present on the surface of the skin.
- Usually, the bacteria are harmless because the surface of the skin acts as a protective barrier.
- When this barrier is broken by a skin incision, bacteria can enter the skin beneath the surface and start to grow.
- Wound dehiscence:
- Skin is thin
- Wound is injured
- Staples fail
- Stitches break
- Allergic reactions:
- Antibiotic ointments (e.g. Neosporin ointment)
- Bandage adhesives
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