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Wound Care Instruction

Principles:

  • Rest, avoid activities that increase wound tension, for example

  • Avoid running/long walk for leg wounds

  • Avoid playing golf/tennis/bike riding for shoulder or arm wounds

  • Avoid heavy lifting for lower back/abdominal wounds

  • Optimal wound healing:

  • Wounds heal well with covered dressings and adequate level of moist

  • Avoid leaving wound to air-dry without dressing

  • Avoid soaked wound dressing by blood, bodily fluid, water

  • Encourage to leave the dressing untouched for at least 4 days, unless having bleeding, infection

 

  • Appropriate suture removal and after care with tapes applied across the wound.

  • Avoid using betadine or similar antiseptic solutions on wounds as these slow down healing.

Day 1- 6 after surgery

  • Rest

  • Avoid activities that increase wound tension

  • Minimal pain

  • No bleed nor excessive bodily fluid which cause existing dressings to be soaked

  • Initial dressings is splash proof, that means it protects against splashes of water during a quick shower, but not a regular bath

  • If the original dressing got water logged, wound can be gently washed, dried and new dressings can be applied.

Day 7 onward

  • Suture removal with doctor on day 7

  • Taping across the wound when doing any physical activities for two months

Troubleshooting 

Bleeding:

  • Elevate the wound above the heart level

  • Apply firm, constant pressure for 10-15 minutes until bleeding stops

  • Seek medical attention of bleeding continues

Infection:

  • Signs of infections are: Redness surrounding the wound, pus, sweating at night, pain out of proportion

  • For medical review

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