Felis ISSN 2398-2950

Wound: primary dressing

Contributor(s): Rachel Murray, David Scarff, Alison King

Introduction

  • Dressings made be used for:
    • Protection of surgical wounds.
    • First aid.
    • Management of open wounds.

Uses

  • Protective 'cover' for surgical wounds.
  • First aid prior to treatment, eg to control immediate hemorrhage, prevent further contamination of open wounds.
  • Debridement of necrotic/sloughy wounds.
  • Absorption of exudate or donation of moisture to provide a 'Moist Wound Healing' environment.
  • Manage infection.
  • Reduce pain.
  • Maintenance of temperature.

Disadvantages

  • Inappropriate dressing choice may result in damage to the wound bed and delay wound healing Wound: healing - stages.

Requirements

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Procedure

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Aftercare

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Further Reading

Publications

Refereed papers

Other sources of information

  • Manual of Canine and Feline Wound Management and Reconstruction. (1999) Fowler D & Williams J M (eds), BSAVA, Cheltenham.
  • Small Animal Wound Management. (2nd edn) (1997) Swaim S F & Henderson R A, Williams & Wilkins, Baltimore.


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