Understanding Wound Care Terminology

By September 20, 2019Wound Care
Understanding Wound Care Terminology Reading Time: 2 minutes

Receiving treatments and diagnoses from your health care provider often comes with a lot of complicated and hard to understand medical lingo that can make it difficult to fully understand what they mean. Our health care providers are more than willing to help breakdown the terminology because we believe it’s important to have a basic understanding of some of the more common wound care terms. This not only increases your confidence about the diagnoses, but it can also lead to safer treatment.

Acute Wounds

Acute wounds are sudden and will follow an expected normal healing pattern and rate when treated properly. They may include scrapes, incisions, and punctures.

Chronic Wounds

Unlike acute wounds, chronic wounds do not heal at a normal rate and will persist.


Wound compresses must be sterile to assure that it heals properly. Often a medical bandage will hold the dressing in place. Wound dressings will stop excess bleeding and protect the wound from infection.


When a wound secretes fluids, it can mean one of several things:

  • Sanguineous: This occurs when your wound is draining blood.
  • Serous: This occurs when your wound is draining light yellow or clear fluid.
  • Serosanguineous: This occurs when both blood and a mixture of clear or yellow fluid are present.
  • Purulent: If green or yellow pus occurs in a wound, it is likely that you have an infection. You will need to schedule an appointment with your medical provider.


When an infection occurs, bacteria, viruses, or parasites that are not normally present may invade the body. Infections can be localized in a wound bed but can also spread throughout the body.
Infections have to be treated in order for a wound to heal. Your medical provider will determine what antibiotic is needed.

If you notice you have a fever, increased drainage, pain, swelling and/or odor, call and schedule and appointment with your medical provider.

Skin Tear

A skin tear occurs when the outer skin separates from the inner tissues. This trauma can be caused by shearing the skin, friction, or even blunt force trauma.

Surgical Site Infection (SSI)

If you notice something strange with your wound, whether it be a secretion or raised skin, immediately contact your wound care specialist or 911.

Wound Bed

To properly heal, a wound bed must have an adequate supply of blood while also being uninfected. Any time the above occurs, it will have a wound bed.

No matter what age you are, you should understand basic wound care terminology to ensure that you receive the best quality care. For over 30 years, RegenQuest has helped people with their wound care by offering comprehensive and specialized treatment plans for wound care. If you have any questions about your wound care options, call us at (954) 571-9391 and speak with a specialist today!