Part 2: Preparing the Patient for Wound Care
This is the second in the series about how to prepare your patient for wound care treatment. In Part 1 we covered Transfers, Patient Comfort, Pain Scales; if you missed Part 1, you can read it
here Part 2: Preparing the Patient for Wound Care
Assess for pain prior to wound care or debridement.
Employ appropriate measures to eliminate or control the source of pain, e.g., cover wounds, adjust support surfaces, reposition the patient, provide analgesic as needed and when appropriate.
Assess for pain during and after wound care or procedure.
Medicate as needed: intravenous (IV), oral (PO), or sublingual (SL); allow time for the medical to take effect.
F. Dressing Removal/Cleansing
Dispose of contaminated dressings and linens in moisture-proof bags.
Remove gloves and clean hands with alcohol-based sanitizer, or wash with soap and water.
Clean the wound with normal saline or an approved wound cleanser.
Place a clean towel or drape under the clean wound.
G. Sterile Versus Clean
Free of any living organism
Use of sterile drapes, instruments, glove, gowns
Clean versus sterile technique
Sterile technique requires all sterile supplies and instruments, including gloves, gown, mask, drapes.
Clean technique requires disinfected, clean and/or sterile instruments, steril and non-sterile supplies, and clean gloves.
by Jayesh B. Shah, MD, Paul J Sheffield, PhD, Caroline E. Fife, MD Wound Care Certification Study Guide, Second Edition
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