Equis ISSN 2398-2977

Wound: dressing

Contributor(s): Rachel Murray, Patrick Pollock, Vetstream Ltd

Introduction

  • Dressing of open wounds.
  • Support or protection of body parts.

Print-off the Owner factsheet on Bandaging - the do's and don't's Bandaging - the dos and don'ts to give to your client.

Uses

  • Decrease contamination.
  • Minimize edema.
  • Absorption of exudate/maintenance of a moist wound environment.
  • Immobilization.
  • Protection from further trauma.
  • Vehicle for topical antimicrobials.
  • Pain reduction.
  • Obliterate dead space.
  • Prevention of exuberant granulation tissue.
  • Wound debridement.
  • Control hemorrhage.
  • Maintenance of temperature.
  • Lowers pH at site.

Disadvantages

  • Skin necrosis particularly over accessory carpal bone and achilles tendon.

Place a ring of orthopedic felt or padding around the accessory carpal bone and a pad of cotton wool either side ot the achilles tendon to increase the area of contact.

Requirements

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Procedure

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Aftercare

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Further Reading

Publications

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