Please wash your hands thoroughly prior to wound care. Clean between the webs of the fingers and underneath your fingernails as well as the remainder of your hands. Ensure hands are dried well after cleansing. It is not necessary to use antimicrobial soap.
WASH HANDS THROUGHLY PRIOR TO WOUND CARE
Removing the dressing
Take the dressing off in the time specified by the dermatologist or nurse.
Bathing the wound
Ensure that all the dried blood is removed. Do not allow scabbing to form.
Covering the wound
If on antibiotics, take as directed by your doctor. Use Panadol or Panadeine for pain relief rather than Aspirin or Disprin based medication as these thin your blood and make the wound bleed more easily.
- Go to the GP.
- If started on antibiotics, ask to have a wound swab with a copy of the results sent to the Skin & Cancer Foundation Australia.
- Please ring and inform us of your visit to the GP so we can document this in your file.
- Signs of Infection are redness, tenderness, hot to touch and pus.