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How much drainage is there?
If you changed a gauze or abdominal pad would the dressing after 12 hours be...
Why is a moist environment important?
"In a moist environment exudate provides the cells involved in wound repair with nutrients, controls infection, and provides the best environment for healing."29
The goal to heal this wound would involve increasing the moisture in the wound bed and debriding the slough (if present) by using:
A Hydrogel in the wound bed eg. Intrasite Gel or Duoderm Gel.
If the amount of exudate expected is scant to moderate, then consider covering it with a moisture-retentive dressing eg. Alldress.
This dressing can stay on for up to 3 days
This dressing can stay on for up to 7 days.
The goal to heal this wound is to maintain the moist environment and aid debridement of the slough (if present) by using:
The goal to heal this wound is to maintain a moist environment by absorbing the excess exudate and to aid in the debridement of slough (if present) by using:
The goal to heal this wound would to be to control the excess exudate and aid in the debridement of slough (if present) by using:
The choice of cover dressing will depend on the amount of excess exudate and how often the dressing needs to be changed.
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