Wound Care FAQ
Answers to the most commonly asked questions about Wound & Skin Care
No, wound healing best occurs when the wound bed is kept moist and the healing cells can travel across the wound to close it. The purpose of dressing prescribed for you is to maintain just the right amount of moisture, not too much and not too little. It will also protect the wound from contamination from the environment.
Yes, unless you have sutures (stitches), staples, exposed bone, or your doctor has advised against it. Make sure you ask before you shower or bathe. If you need to keep your wound dry, use a garbage bag or some sort of plastic cover to keep it dry when you shower. Typically you should not be “soaking” your wound.
As soon as you remember, change your dressing. Be careful in removing it, just in case it is stuck to the wound. Use enough water to soak it off if it is stuck, so that it comes off without causing you any pain. Then redress your wound as the doctor has directed.
You can cleanse your wound using normal saline(saltwater) or a special wound cleanser prescribed by your doctor.
No, water under pressure may drive bacteria (germs) into the wound tissue. We do not typically recommend use of a whirlpool on a regular basis.
Yes, skin that is kept moist is less likely to break down. But do not put skin lotion in the wound. If you have skin that is broken open, please ask the doctor for a recommended product.
No. These will dry out the wound bed and the goal is to keep the wound bed moist. In addition, skin may be burned and cause other problems.
Some skin changes are not harmful, but others, like redness, can be a sign of problems. Inspect the skin around the wound daily for any changes. Show any changes, especially redness, promptly to your health care provider.
No. The Center for Wound Care does not recommend these solutions because they can kill healthy cells.
Yes, it is very important. High blood sugar can slow down or prevent wound healing. Discuss with your wound care doctor what would be a good goal for your blood sugar level to be.
Pain from your wound
Increase in drainage from your wound
High blood sugar if you are diabetic
Redness in the skin around your wound
Bleeding from your wound
Changes in your body temperature, blood pressure or mental orientation.
Need for dressing supplies
Any new wounds you find on your body
Any changes in your medications
Difficulty in completing the prescribed dressing changes
Any questions or concerns you have about your wound care
While Jefferson Regional Medical Center accepts most insurance plans, it is recommended that you check with your insurance company’s Members Service Department to verify specific benefit coverage before treatment.