Do’s and Don’t’s of Wound Care

It’s critical to know the basics of wound care if you ever experience a laceration you need to address it immediately. Sarasota Medical Products wants to show you the basics of dressing wounds at home in case of an emergency.

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Do’s and Don’ts of Wound Care

These are the most relevant do’s and don’ts for bandaging wounds for either yourself or a nearby friend/bystander.

The Do’s

  • Know How to Clean the Wound
      • Cleaning the wound should begin with washing your hands.
      • Then you’ll want to address any bleeding. In more serious cases, be sure to elevate it if possible and gently apply pressure with a clean cloth.
      • Then you should rinse the wound itself, and clean everything around it. 
      • Finally, dress the wound with an ointment such as petroleum jelly or antimicrobial gel, before bandaging the wound carefully with gauze and adhesive tape.
  • Follow Up By Cleaning it Daily
      • Keep it clean and moisturized. The dryer a wound gets, the more likely it is to scab, which increases the likelihood of scarring.
  • Compress and Protect the Wound
    • Compress the wound and cover it so that it doesn’t get excessive sun exposure. Some items that can help with this include compression sleeves, bandages, wraps, and even stockings.

The Don’ts

  • Dressing With Bare Hands
      • Especially if someone else’s blood comes into the picture, you DO NOT want to handle a wound bare-handed. Moreover, any bacteria on your hands could contribute to a higher risk of infection at the wound site.
  • Create Friction & Irritation
      • You don’t want to produce a lot of shearing pressure by rubbing or scratching it through the bandage. This will only stymie the healing process and may reinduce bleeding.
  • Soak the Wound or Use Antibiotics
    • You do not need to use antibiotic gels or creams to address the wound site. Some studies indicate that this may be more counterproductive than anything.

Also, remember there are many different kinds of wounds (abrasions, ulcers, lacerations, etc.). Some of the most serious ones will require medical attention. Always use good judgment and get help when you see or experience a deep wound or one with uncontrollable bleeding.

Sarasota Medical Products enjoys keeping you aware of the smartest ways to handle serious wounds. We view it as an important duty that goes part and parcel with our commitment to creating reliable medical products. Skin and wound care are some of our most important emphases. If you want to learn more about dressing a wound or have questions about our products, please contact us at 941-377-1451.