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Post surgical wound care, frequency of dressing change?

Post surgical wound care, frequency of dressing change?

Depends: The frequency of wound care depends on the type of surgery, location of wound, size of wound, type of closure, and other information. You should consult your surgeon for their specific instruction . Causes of concern for a wound infection include fevers, pain and redness of area that is worsening, and pus or odor from incision area. ...Read more

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Dr. Scott Bolhack
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Wounds (Definition)

Wound = injury to tissue. May include ...Read more


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What are the primary dressings and secondary dressings in wound care?

What are the primary dressings and secondary dressings in wound care?

Dressings: Primary is what is on the wound directly; secondary is what is on top of the primary dressing. ...Read more

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How effective is honey as a wound dressing compared to conventional dressings?

How effective is honey as a wound dressing compared to conventional dressings?

Dressings: As dr bolhack explained, fortunately we now have many choices of dressings for the wounds. People used to order wet to dry dressing!?. But that time is far gone. Honey (called medihoney) which is quite pricey too but it has its own place for some wounds. ...Read more

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What liquid promotes wound healing? What is the right documentation of wound and dressing site?

What liquid promotes wound healing? What is the right documentation of wound and dressing site?

Few liquids actually: Promote wound healing. But there are some advantages to using a neosporin type cream. Also one can use certain silvadene (silver sulfadiazine) gels and seaweed extracts, but those are typically only obtained by prescription. Do not put hydrogen peroxide on a healing wound! only use it to initially clean a wound. It kills the tissue that was placed down to heal it. Unsure of your documentation question, be specific. ...Read more

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What's hydrocolloid dressing, such as duoderm?

What's hydrocolloid dressing, such as duoderm?

Breathable dressing : Direct from the web: a hydrocolloid dressing (trade names include duoderm, granuflex, and 3m tegaderm hydrocolloid) is an opaque dressing. A hydrocolloid dressing is biodegradeable, non breathable and adheres to the skin so no separate taping is needed. ...Read more

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How are reusable and disposable gauze roll bandages different?

How are reusable and disposable gauze roll bandages different?

Often the Same: It is more on how they are intended to be used. Bandages for covering an open wound should never be reused because of the risk of infection. Use them once when they are clean then throw them away. Elastic type bandages e.g. splinting a sprained ankle can be reused because they do not need to be sterile- just clean. ...Read more

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How can I treat each specific type of wound ( punctures, abrasion, avulsion, incision, laceration, contusions)?

How can I treat each specific type of wound ( punctures, abrasion, avulsion, incision, laceration, contusions)?

There is not way to: cover this many topics in 400 characters or less. Encourage you to google each topic. ...Read more

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What are barriers to wound healing?

What are barriers to wound healing?

Numerous: Some barriers include poor nutrition, stress on the wound (pulling it open again or causing mechanical pressure), infection, poor blood flow, diabetes, smoking, anemia, immune suppression, drugs such as prednisone, some genetic diseases, age, condition of the skin prior to injury, large size, depth, chronic wounds ...Read more

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Can triple action heal vaginal wound?

Can triple action heal vaginal wound?

Healing: Your body will actually heal the wound. Triple antibiotic will help the healing process and help prevent infection. Vaginal wounds heal well as there is such a good blood supply. If this is just a small tear then this would be fine. If there is a large wound it should be evaluated by your physician. ...Read more

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Cut fingertip with mandolin. Covered the wound with gauze. Twelve hours later, a piece of gauze stuck fast to wound. What danger in leaving gauze?

Cut fingertip with mandolin. Covered the wound with gauze. Twelve hours later, a piece of gauze stuck fast to wound. What danger in leaving gauze?

Soak and remove: Soak and remove it, or it may get trapped in the wound as the skin heals and cause ongoing irritation. If you cannot remove it easily, go to an UC or your doc and they can apply numbing agents and remove it. IF you have not had a tetanus booster in the last 10 years, get one within 72 hours of cutting yourself. ...Read more

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Sewing needle prick wound with little blood after 24 hours, is there risky not cover the wound to touch things?

Sewing needle prick wound with little blood after 24 hours, is there risky not cover the wound to touch things?

Tetanus shot: I hope that you are up to date on tetanus immunization. While the risk is remote, it is not a bad idea to get a booster shot of tetanus if your last dose was more then 10 years ago. Otherwise a needle prick would seal itself in a day or so. ...Read more

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Best antibiotic for wound from rusty nail?

Best antibiotic for wound from rusty nail?

It depends: It depends on the size and depth of the wound. For minor superficial abrasions you may not need any. Some may require an oral antibiotic. For deeper wounds involving the bone you may need IV antibiotics. ...Read more

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Wet dressing over stitches or regular dry bandaid; which is better?

Wet dressing over stitches or regular dry bandaid; which is better?

Ointment: Apply some ointment (does not necessarily need to be antibiotic ointment) and cover. You don't want it to actually be wet with water. ...Read more

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How can one promote better wound care and healing of minor skin abrasion?

How can one promote better  wound care and healing of minor skin abrasion?

Clean and cover: Localized small abrasions can be rinsed with sterile saline or warm water and soap and dressed with a topical antibiotic ointment and covered with a sterile dressing. Consult with your physician if you do not have improvement or develop signs of infection. ...Read more

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Do wounds heal faster when they are covered by bandaid?

Covered is best: The real question is what not to do that slows down healing. Avoid using alcohol, peroxide, hibiclens, betadine, and bleach solutions. Inflammation ( red, hot, swollen, tender) is important to healing so anti-inflammatories (motrin, advil) are bad. Cover the area with a clean dressing changed every other day and protected from trauma. Antibiotics do not help healing unless it is truly infected. ...Read more