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2007 Wound Management Policy
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Wound Manangement

Page updated 30 April 2007

Wound Manangement

Key Points

Know how to prevent wounds from getting infected

Know the wound management products available


Infection of surgical wounds may be a serious complication leading to prolonged hospital stay, readmission, prolonged morbidity and occasional death.


Wound infection may be prevented by:

Wound Care

The choice of dressing depends on wound type, position and size, and patient factors (e.g. allergy). Follow manufacturers' guidelines. Refer to in-house policies and surgeons' preferences. Do not mix chemical products. It is essential that a post-operative wound dressing is fully adherent and is not disturbed in recovery or on the ward. Dressings must not be taken down for at least 5 days after surgery unless there is a clinical indication such as strike through of blood or a suspicion of early infection (eg with Streptococcus pyogenes). Most infections become apparent around day 10 after surgery (although usually preceded by a period of non-specific fever) and may require re-exploration of the wound to drain pus and remove foreign objects such as stitch material. Antibiotics are poorly effective.



Gilchrist B. Wound Infection. J Wound Care . 1996; 5 :330-334

Morgan DA. Formulary of Wound Management Products - A Guide for Health Care Staff (Eighth edition) 2000 Euromed Communications Limited, Surrey