How To Achieve Optimal Treatment Of Puncture Wounds

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How To Achieve Optimal Treatment Of Puncture Wounds
Michael Keller, DPM, says if a patient with a puncture wound presents more than eight hours after inoculation, one should direct antibiotics toward organisms such as Staphylococcus as shown above. (Photo courtesy of Mark Kosinski, DPM)
This patient presented with a puncture wound after stepping on a seashell. If Molly Judge, DPM, sees a puncture wound within a few hours after the injury, she cleans the wound definitively, takes cultures and does loose primary closure. (Photo courtesy of
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Clinical Editor: Lawrence Karlock, DPM

      Dr. Keller is a Fellow of the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons. He is the Residency Director of the Benedictine Podiatric Residency Program (PM&S-36). He practices at Hudson Valley Foot Associates in Kingston, N.Y.

      For related articles, see “How To Diagnose And Treat Foreign Body Injuries” in the June 2003 issue of Podiatry Today or “How To Treat Bite Injuries” in the May 2003 issue.

      For more articles, please visit the archives at www.podiatrytoday.com.

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