Preventing infection in surgical wounds
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Minimising the frequency of dressing changes
Experts agree that initial wound dressings should ideally be left on as long as possible – at least seven days after surgery – provided there are no signs of excessive wound secretion or infection . We believe that the risk of wound contamination from the external environment can be reduced by keeping the number of dressing changes to a minimum.
Changing dressings less often may also help to reduce the risk of wound and peri-wound trauma and skin blistering .
Choosing wound dressings
The ideal wound dressing should maintain a warm, moist healing environment – and manage exudate effectively so that the dressing can be left on the wound for as long as possible .
To protect the periwound area and prevent skin blistering, a dressing should not adhere to the wound and gently to the surrounding skin. It should be easy to apply, easy to remove and flexible .