When it comes to wound care, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Preventing an infection is far preferable to the often-difficult fight that goes into defeating one. Some simple steps can help ensure that your wound heals quickly and that you avoid dangerous infections.
Signs of an Infection
If you suspect an infection of a serious wound, seek medical intervention immediately. The more quickly an infection is treated, the more likely the treatment will be successful. Some signs to look out for:
- Increasing redness around the wound, or red streaks radiating from the wound site
- Warm or red skin near and around the wound
- An increase in drainage, especially if it’s accompanied by a foul or abnormal smell
- Weakness, fever, chills, or increased pain
- Wound growth, tenderness, failure to heal, or blisters or obvious dead tissue
Wash Your Hands
Sanitation is critical when it comes to wound care. Before caring for a wound, wash your hands for at least twenty seconds with antibacterial soap and warm water. Rinse well and dry your hands on a clean towel. Use gloves toprevent any cross contamination and be careful not to cough, sneeze, or otherwise contaminate the wound and clean dressings.
Change Dressings as Directed
Clean dressings remove drainage residue and provide a clean environment that promotes healing. It’s critical tokeep the wound site as clean as possible, so change the dressing as directed by your doctor. Be sure to keep any bodily fluids well away from the wound site. Make sure the area you have to work in when changing dressings is clean, well lit, and has a washable surface.
Care for your Supplies
Keep your supplies out of direct sun and away from excess heat. Keep them sealed in a plastic container. Never store wound care supplies on the floor. Consider using sealable plastic bags to store your dressings. Once the dressing’s been changed, place the used dressings in plastic bags, seal, and dispose of in a closed container.
Careful wound care helps prevent infection and promote healing. To learn more about wound care and treatments that can speed healing, contact us today.