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WOUND, med. jur. This term, in legal medicine, comprehends all lesions of the body, and in this it differs from the meaning of the word when used in surgery. The latter only refers to a solution of continuity, while the former comprises not only these, but also every other kind of accident, such as bruises, contusions, fractures, dislocations, and the like. Cooper's Surgical Dict. h.t.; Dunglison's Med. Dict. h.t.; vide Dictionnaire des Sciences Medicales, mot Blessures 3 Fodere, Med. Leg. Sec. 687-811.
     2. Under the statute 9 Geo. IV. c. 21, sect. 12, it has been held in England, that to make a wound, in criminal cases, there must be "an injury to the person by which the skin is broken." 6 C. & P. 684; S. C. 19 Eng. C. L. Rep. 526. Vide Beck's Med. Jur. c. 15; Ryan's Med. Jur. Index, h.t.; Roscoe's Cr. Ev. 652; 19 Eng. Com. L. Rep. 425, 430, 526, 529; Dane's Ab. Index, h.t.; 1 Moody's Cr. Cas. 278; 4 C. & P. 381; S. C. 19 E. C. L. R. 430; 4 C. & P. 446; S. C. 19 E. C. L. R. 466; 1 Moody's Cr. C. 318; 4 C. & P. 558; S. C. 19 E. C. L. R. 526; Carr. Cr. L. 239; Guy, Med. Jur. ch. 9, p. 446; Merl. Repert. mot Blessure.
     3. When a person is found dead from wounds, it is proper to inquire whether they are the result of suicide, accident, or homicide. In making the examination, the greatest attention should be bestowed on all the circumstances. On this subject some general directions have been given under the article Death. The reader is referred to 2 Beck's Med. Jur. 68 to 93. As to, wounds on the living body, see Id. 188.

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An alternative to NPWT would be traditional gauze dressings, which can also be applied in the case of superficial wound dehiscence.
Superficial wound dehiscence after median sternotomy: surgical treatment versus secondary wound healing.
For patients with persistent CSF leaks following excision of cervical schwannomas, ventriculostomy and VPS placement may be viable options to prevent pseudomeningocele development and wound dehiscence and to enable total wound healing, especially when lumbar drainage has failed.
IrriSept also can be used on a variety of other wounds, including abscesses, skin and soft tissue infections (SSTIs), deep traumatic wounds, delayed closures, burns, wound dehiscence and pilonidal cysts.
Poster Presentation (#CS-017): Preventing Wound Dehiscence and Surgical Site Infections Using Single Use Negative Pressure Therapy System in Post-Op C-Section Patients with BMI >35
In contrast, if the sutures are too loose, then this may lead to wound dehiscence because the stitches may fall off prematurely.
A saphenous vein harvested from the left leg was then placed to the right ankle but could not prevent the wound dehiscence that occurred above the right ankle.
The complications encountered in our three cohorts included: infected nonunion sites, wound dehiscence, pin tract infections, postoperative hematoma, hardware failure, amputation, and development of a Charcot ankle.
Wound infection was classified as follows: clean, healed wound; superficial (serous or serosanguinous discharge with or without breakdown of skin; deep (breakdown of skin and exposure of sheath); wound dehiscence (breakdown of sheath but peritoneum intact) and fasciitis (spreading of deep wound infection to fascial tissue).
Studies also have linked early elective deliveries to postpartum complications such as hematoma, wound dehiscence, anemia, endometriosis, urinary tract infections, and sepsis.
One report describes severe 2nd degree burns to the abdominal wall after liver transplantation, later followed by wound dehiscence.
One patient had distal flap necrosis and one had wound dehiscence.