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Table 3 Infection risk assessment based on the location of the wound

From: Management of traumatic wounds in the Emergency Department: position paper from the Academy of Emergency Medicine and Care (AcEMC) and the World Society of Emergency Surgery (WSES)

Well vascularized tissue (head, neck, scalp) low risk
High concentration of commensal flora (oral mucosa, genitals, armpits) high risk
Poorly vascularised (hand, foot, lower and upper limb) high risk