Please note that all guidance is currently under review and some may be out of date.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.
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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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First published: July 2019
Due for review: July 2022