Pay attention to moisture level, treatment record and dressing characteristics during the wound care to avoid affected wound and delay of recovery.
With a clear record and detailed information, a patient can always seek third-party advice easier. Now you may ask: why a nurse doesn’t do the right things, i.e. assess the wound and select dressing correctly? There are several explanations and the dressing characteristics play an important role.
3. Dressing characteristics
Different kinds of dressings are available for various wound stages and states such as the exudates level. Some of them have prerequisites. Any violation may cause wound affected. For example, alginate dressings require moisture to work properly and not to be used in very deep or narrow sinuses. Good matching is important for healing.
Some dressings need to change daily such as wet-to-dry or dry gauze dressing. Whereas, other dressings hold specific chemicals and they need more time to work on the wound for an effect. For example, hydrocolloid dressings make use of the exudates and are supposed to change in three to five days in general, and seven days as the maximum. Also, different brands may have different change days.
If visit for wound care costs you a lot of money and time, you will welcome the medical staff select a dressing that can stand a longer time to minimize the visits. But the clinics may pick a dressing to force you come back every day.
On the contrary, the nurses in the public clinics may try to replace wet-to-dry or dry gauze dressing with inappropriate dressings to avoid heavy workload. Unfortunately, this happened on me. With less ideal or even wrong dressings, my wound either had no significant improvements for a couple of days or get worse and required remedies to fix the affections.
Operation and wound care were a new experience to me and how little knowledge I had on both issues. It is always important to learn more and do your best to monitor the healing process. Challenge the medical staff with appropriate questions and reminders so that they dare not trick you for their own sake or offer below standard treatments that delay your recovery.
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