Healing

Wound Healing Phases

PhaseTime PeriodActivity
Inflammatory Phase0-3 daysHaemostasis and inflammation
Reconstructive Phase2-24 daysDestructive phase – phagocytic debridement
Proliferative phase - granulation, angiogenesis and epithelialisation
Maturation / Remodelling Phase24 days to 1 yearWound maturation

Wound Healing Methods

Wound Healing Method 
Primary IntentionMost common, with the quickest healing time
Wound heals with wound edges approximated, preferably within 6/24
Delayed Primary IntentionWound left open and heals from bottom up, and edges in
Good for high risk infection, but slow healing and larger scar
Secondary IntentionWound left open and heals from bottom up, and edges in
Good for high risk infection, but slow healing and larger scar
Skin Graft / FlapWhere large amount of skin missing