DR P. MARAZZI / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY DR P. MARAZZI / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY
Leg wound (First of two images). Open wound on the leg of an elderly woman two weeks after a fall. The elderly are more prone to serious open wounds as their skin has lost much of its elasticity. Falling is one of the most common ways for the elderly to injure themselves, as their reflexes and balance are diminished. Injuries like this one require rapid medical attention to prevent or minimise the risk of infection. In a large, flat wound like this, stitching is not generally possible, and natural healing must be allowed to take place. The area must be kept sterile at all times. For the same wound four weeks later, see M330/689.
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