Wound Care Guide
By: Victoria Goin
Use the Universal Precautions: all wounds should be treated as though they have been contaminated with bloodborne pathogens.
- ALWAYS PUT ON GLOVES!!
- To minimize infection clean the wound with a generous amount of soap, water and sterile solution.
Controlling External Bleeding:
- Direct Pressure to the wound with gauze (do NOT remove gauze if blood comes through just add more gauze)
- Elevate the wound above the heart if possible, continue adding pressure
- Pressure Points: apply pressure to any artery to decrease blood frow to the wounded area.
Apply a sterile dressing to the infected area.
Antibacterial ointments are effective in limiting bacterial growth and preventing wound from sticking to the dressing.
When Do You Need Sutures (Stiches)?
5 Signs of Wound Infection
- Disordered Function