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When a patient presents to an emergency department or urgent care centre, they should be given the best available information.

This updated fact sheet helps ensure clinicians and patients have access to easy-to-read information about different emergency conditions.

Give this fact sheet to your patients when discharging them from an emergency department or urgent care centre.

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    Please note that all guidance is currently under review and some may be out of date. We recommend that you also refer to more contemporaneous evidence in the interim.

    Download our fact sheet to provide your patients with easy to follow guidance on care of open wounds.

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    Wounds can be classified as incisions (cuts), lacerations (rugged cuts) or abrasions (grazes or scratches).

    Incisions are usually caused by a sharp object slicing the skin, such as a knife or during an operation.

    Lacerations are caused by blunt trauma that splits the skin (such as being hit with a cricket bat).

    Abrasions occur when the surface layer of the skin (epidermis) has been rubbed off or grazed.

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    Clinical Guidance Team
    Safer Care Victoria

    Version history

    First published: July 2019
    Due for review: July 2022

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