A Brief Note On Wound Cleansing Protocol Is Important For Patient Safety And Satisfaction

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Effective wound care is important for patient safety and satisfaction, as well as hospital re-admittance cost, insurance cost, and reimbursement. Wound cleansing is an important part of wound care. There is much debate as to what to cleanse wounds with initially, but as a basic nursing guideline outlined in Mosby’s Pocket Guide to Basic Skills and Procedures (2007) wound cleansing protocol is to use normal saline. Wound patients are often forced to revisit the places they were initially seen due to complications or lack of wound healing.
Bearing in mind that wounds can be anything from a minor laceration, a disease process complication, to severe trauma, not all wounds are created equal. However, most of the time, the wound protocol is generic, grouping all of the mentioned wounds together. Research has been done on effective education for the patient and caregiver, what type of cleanser to use and when, who to consult and why, when to follow up, where to conduct wound care, and the emphasis on standardization. Yet no one has set forth guidelines to cover all types of wounded patients, regardless of underlying conditions.
Continuity is preached at nurses providing care, yet no one can offer a set of rules to follow when faced with a certain type of wound. For example, Patient A is a 16 year right below the knee amputee and a 14 year left above the knee amputee who was treated in southwestern Illinois and southeastern Missouri. During his treatment process, he

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