Table 2

Baseline characteristics of wounds

CharacteristicSterile
% total
(n=747)
Non-sterile
% total
(n=733)
Location of the wound
 Head/Neck33.9%37.5%
 Chest0.8%0.0%
 Back0.8%0.1%
 Nates0.1%0.7%
 Arms13.9%10.0%
 Hands38.2%37.9%
 Legs9.5%10.2%
 Feet2.3%3.0%
 Unknown0.5%0.5%
Injury type
 Cut/Sharp56.9%56.1%
 Burst41.5%42.4%
 Stab0.9%0.5%
 Unknown0.6%0.9%
Wound size
 <2 cm42.3%43.7%
 2–7 cm53.5%52.1%
 >7 cm3.6%4.0%
 Unknown0.5%0.3%
Wound depth
 In cutis12.2%10.8%
 In subcutis59.6%62.2%
 Through subcutis26.9%26.6%
 Unknown1.3%0.4%
Contamination
 Not visible84.9%84.0%
 Blood/Clot9.1%8.5%
 Asphalt0.9%1.6%
 Glass0.1%0.0%
 Dirt0.3%1.0%
 Other2.0%3.4%
 Unknown2.7%1.5%