Good practice in the management of serious degloving injuries
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Good practice in the management of serious degloving injuries

Beatrice Harold Emergency department sister, Hillingdon Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Middlesex
Amir Sadri Plastic surgery registrar, St George’s Healthcare NHS Trust, London

Beatrice Harold and Amir Sadri provide a case study involving the emergency care of a patient who had sustained a pretibial laceration after a fall

Many lacerations involve degloving, a form of avulsion in which skin is torn off the underlying tissue. Patients with lacerations involving degloving must be managed appropriately so that they do not experience too much pain and to ensure that wound healing is not delayed. This article presents a case study involving a patient with a degloving injury of the leg. It examines the important features of her journey of care, and discusses factors that influence wound healing and outcomes.

Emergency Nurse. 21, 4, 30-33. doi: 10.7748/en2013.


Peer review

This article has been subject to double blind peer review

Conflict of interest

None declared

Received: 23 December 2012

Accepted: 11 June 2013