A surgical wound is a cut through the skin which is made during a surgery. Caring for a surgical wound is extremely important.
Learning the Do’s and Don’ts of Wound care at home is essential for anyone with a surgical wound and healing. Make sure to wear lose clothes so that they do not touch the wound when it is healing and try to keep it as dry as possible. Dampness may lead to delay in the healing process of the wound.
Appropriate measures must be taken for wound care at home, especially after a surgery.
Pay close attention to hand hygiene since your hands are the first contact point for your wound. Make sure to clean your hands thoroughly, first with soap and then by using an alcohol based disinfectant. Hand sanitizers are very effective in keeping your hands clean. Remove any jewelry before dressing the wound so that it doesn’t scratch your infected skin, which may lead to further infections.
Remove the old dressing gently and slowly, especially if there are sutures enclosing the wound. Make sure to have all the supplies at hand, ready to be used. Use a clean medical glove to take the dressing off. If it doesn’t come off easily, then just dampen it a little and then peel it off. Take a cloth and soak it in salty water or mild soap solution and gently wipe the wound to clean it.
Once the wound has been cleaned, then apply a new dressing on the wound as prescribed by your doctor. Cover it with bandages or leave it open (depends on the extent and type of injury) as explained by the health care professional. Clean your hands again after you are finished dressing the wound.
Wound care is exceptionally important for it can increase or decrease the healing time and you must pay close attention to it.