Delayed Wound Closure

Sometimes, your caregiver may decide to delay closing a wound for several days. This is done when the wound is badly bruised, dirty, or when it has been too long since the injury. By delaying the closure of your cut, the risk of infection is reduced. Wounds that are closed in 3 to 7 days after being cleaned up and dressed heal just as well as those that are closed right away. Rest and elevate the injured area until all the pain and swelling are gone.


  • You develop unusual swelling or redness around the wound.

  • You have increasing pain or tenderness.

  • There is a bad smelling fluid (drainage) coming from the wound.

Have your wound checked as instructed by your caregiver.