Wound Care Education

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Wound Care Education

The purpose of this paper is to identify a patient health issue that would benefit from patient education. During the clinical rotation at Jackson South the group identified a need in wound care especially for patients with other underlying health issues such as diabetes. A large percentage of patients had wounds that would require patients to properly care for them once discharged. The group identified a lack of patient knowledge on how to care for these wounds and decided to develop a patient education pamphlet to teach patients how to care for wounds while not in a hospital setting. The group identified one particular patient that had insufficient knowledge in self-care.

Wound Care
J.G. is a
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As well as explain to J.G. other health behaviors that will contribute to the healing process. It is important for J.G. to have the proper nutrition because it will aid healing as well as managing his blood sugar since he’s diabetic. Since he is diabetic and is susceptible to loss of sensation and circulation, it is important that he wears loose shoes and shoes that protect the toes from friction and hitting objects. Mobility is also a significant factor (Heller, 2014). If J.G. cannot get out of bed and walk a round, it is important for his daughter to turn him ever 2 hours to avoid pressure ulcers from forming. J.G. has a history of wound infection. If there is any presence of pus or bleeding, excessive pain, or odor, the wound may be infected. It is essential that J.G. and his daughter know what signs may indicate infection and that they call their health care provider if infection is suspected. If infection develops it can have a great impact on the wound healing process and can lead to hospitalization (Grothie & Ousey, 2014). This can lead to chronic wounds. Chronic wounds are slow to heal and take over 6 weeks. Chronic wounds might need a referral to a wound clinic. A wound clinic will help the patient develop a healing plan and monitor the size and progress of the wound. In part of patient education it is important to refer to additional resources outside of the hospital setting (Heller, 2014). The ultimate goal for J.G. and his daughter is
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