Lesson 1 of 13
- Open fractures represent a spectrum of injuries sharing a common feature which is disruption of the skin and underlying subcutaneous tissues by the fracture bone causing communication to the environment.
- Ranges from small inside-out puncture wounds to more extensive, high energy injuries.
- Involves a high risk of infection to a variety of environmental factors.
- Infection rate is reported to be up to 38% which increases over time for as long as the wound is exposed.