Chapter 17 - Surgical Diseases
Modern Surgery
Inflammation
Suppuration and Abscess
Mortification
Pyaemia
Ulceration and Ulcers
Boils
Carbuncle
Malignant Pustule
Burns and Scalds
Frost Bite
Chilblains
Mechanical,Injuries
Septic Wounds
Incised Wounds
Rules for Examining and Dressing Wounds
Antiseptic Dressings
Way Wounds Unite
Punctured Wounds
Lacerated Wounds
Granulation and Scarification
Gunshot Wounds
Poisoned Wounds
Fractures
Way Broken Bones Unite
Dislocations
Different Diseases of Bones
Pereostitis
Necrosis
Coxalgia
White Swelling
Bunions
Whitlow
Stiff Joint
Tumors
Cancer
Polypus
Piles
Wens
Aneurisms
Bronchocele
Water in the Scrotum
Blood in the Scrotum
Phlebitis
Varicose Veins
Hernia
Varicocele
Deformities and Irritations of the Spine
Wry Neck
Foreign Bodies in the Eye
Stye
Inflammation of the Edge of the Eyelids
Disorder of the Lashes
Ptosis
Chronic Inflammation of the Lachrymal Sac
Opthalmia
Inflammation of the Cornea
Inflammation of the Iris
Weakness of Sight
Imperfect Vision
Short and Long Sight
Squinting
Affections of the Ear
Inflammation of the Meatus
Wax in the Ear
Earache
Inflammation of the Tympanum, Deafness
Bleeding from the Nose
Ingrowing Toe Nail
Chafing and Excoriation
Foreign Substances
Bleeding from Wounds
Proud Flesh
Ambrine
Compression of Arteries to Stop the Flow of Blood
Anesthetics
Care of the Teeth
Rotting of the Teeth
Tooth-Ache
Filling Teeth
The First Teeth
Cleaning the Teeth
Ulcer of the Stomach
Glanders
X-Ray
Radium
Trachoma
Arterio-Sclerosis
Flatfoot
Riggs' Disease
Bandages

17.14 Septic Wounds

Septic Wounds

WHENEVER a surface has been cut, lacerated, or in any way injured, so that the surface can absorb germ life from the instrument inflicting the wound, from the dressings used to cover it up, or from the dirt of the skin itself, we are very apt to get in a few days what used to be known as sympathetic fever, but which is no more or less than the septic fever, or the systemic manifestation of germ absorption. Fever, loss of appetite, headache, swelling and tenderness of the wound, with perhaps pus formation, are the natural outcome of such absorption. Hence it will readily be seen from what has been previously said about sepsis, that the first indication in all cuts is to disinfect the area injured with some one of the germicidal solutions. None is cheaper than corrosive sublimate in the strength of one part to two thousand. This, in many cases, is all that need be clone. If the cut is to be sewn up, the wound is first cleaned with corrosive sublimate or oil of milk solution (a half teaspoonful to one quart of water), and then sewn with needle and thread that have been boiled five minutes. The dressings or bandage should be disinfected with steam before being applied.
Druggists nowadays keep in stock aseptic gauze meant for precisely this class of cases, lacerated wounds, etc.

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