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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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Wet dressing ok over stitches?

Wet dressing ok over stitches?

Generally no: Keep dressings over healing wounds dry. If the bandage gets wet, change it. You can apply something like neosporin lightly over the wound for added protection. ...Read more

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Wound vac placed on ankle. Does it work?

Wound vac placed on ankle. Does it work?

Yes, Wound VACs work: Wound vacs are a type of closed dressing with the advantage of suctioning away excess fluid from the wound&allowing it to heal quicker as well making the wound smaller due to the negative pressure that is applied.They can also be a temporising measure to allow later skin graft placement or flap reconstruction.The latter is needed for durable coverage or exposed bone, tendons etc after injuries. ...Read more

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Small, shallow clean nail puncture, tetanus?

Small, shallow clean nail puncture, tetanus?

If it has been > 10 : Years since your last tetanus shot, or you don't know when it was - then it is time for another shot. Take care. ...Read more

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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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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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Pinprick puncture wound to foot outside with rusty safety pin. Immediately followed by ER trip and tetanus booster. Risk?

Pinprick puncture wound to foot outside with rusty safety pin.  Immediately followed by ER trip and tetanus booster.  Risk?

Minimal: Unless the safety pin was likely to have been fecally contaminated and have large numbers of clostridium tetani inoculated, the tetanus booster should provide adequate antibody protection. ...Read more

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Im Diabateic on dialysis Just had below knee leg amputation because of wet gangrene, can I apply manuka honey dressing on amputation wound for healing?

Im Diabateic on dialysis Just had below knee leg amputation because of wet gangrene, can I apply manuka honey dressing on amputation wound for healing?

Yes but: in general yes, depend do you have an open wound or the wound is closed and you want to speed up the healing because of your diabetes, actually honey dressing have been very popular for wound healing. It is always better to check with the surgeons that performed the surgery to make sure that there is no objection. ...Read more

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Can alcholol delay healing in pilonidal wound healing?

Can alcholol delay healing in pilonidal wound healing?

Possibly: Large amounts of alcohol can cause nutritional deficiencies or cause liver failure which both can affect normal wound healing. ...Read more

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Is it necessary to change a wound vac dressing every two days?

Is it necessary to change a wound vac dressing every two days?

Wound vacs: Wounds that have a wound vacuum device on them for healing need to be followed using the manufacturers guidelines. As the number of wound vacuum devices increase on the market place, the answer to your question may differ. For the most commonly used devices, changing them at least three times per week is suggested. ...Read more

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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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Why anti tetanus serum and tetanus toxoid given simultaneously to patient with dirty wounds

Why anti tetanus serum and tetanus toxoid given simultaneously to patient with dirty wounds

Agressive management: Avoiding tetanus in an old >1-2 day & dirty wound requires agressive management.The wound is cleaned & dead tissue removed. Tetanus Immune Globulin is administered to block (immediately) the effect of any toxin emerging from the wound while the toxoid is given to boost the individuals response(which takes a while).Oral or IV meds are given to kill off the tetanus germs. ...Read more

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Wound from mole excision is infected. Given Keflex. Best to let wound dry out or keep covered with an antibiotic ointment?

Wound from mole excision is infected. Given Keflex.  Best to let wound dry out or keep covered with an antibiotic ointment?

Either OK: Go with what your health care provider says. They have been most closely associated with your condition. ...Read more

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Could coloplast sheets for wound care really heal?

Could coloplast sheets for wound care really heal?

Yes: Yes because it can provide for a moist wound environment and protect the wound from desiccation and trauma. ...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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Can i clean a wound from testicular torsion operation with savlon antiseptic?

Just keep clean...: Some degree of pain, redness, and "swelling" at incision are expected, worst for 1-2 days, and get better day by day afterwards. As long as it moves in such expected postop course, you're ok. All you need to do is do nothing but keep the incision dry and clean. Why? What we do after skin edges seal will make no difference to the tissue beneath the skin. If still in doubt, see doc timely. ...Read more