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Old 08-30-2012, 08:21 PM
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Default Dressing Changes Tips

These tips are for any wound dressing changes:

1.) Hand washing is the best way to prevent the spread of any infection.

a. )Signs of infection are: pain, redness swelling, warmth, change in color of wound bed or drainage, change in odor,change in consistency of drainag.

2. ) Always use aseptic technique regardless of what type of wound you are dealing with and where you are doing the dressing change. Whether in hospital or at home, be as aseptic as you can possibly be.

3. ) Always wash hands, remove old dressing, remove gloves and rewash the hands, apply clean or sterile gloves and then you can apply the clean dressing.

4. ) Change from cleanest to dirtiest wound with multiple wounds.

5. ) Only expose patient as much as is necessary to do your job. Consider your surroundings and the patient's feelings/modesty.

6. ) Label the dressing, your initials, date, time.

7. ) Check to see if the patient or their family need to participate in the dressing change(s) and educate as appropriate. Document any teaching.

Ok, now you add in some of your dressing change tips and wound care tips.


( of course always do dressing care as ordered by physician )
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