Guidelines for Treating Shallow Wet Wounds

Goals

  • To absorb excess moisture
  • To maintain moist wound surface
  • To insulate and protect

Treatment

Obtain a physician order:

  1. Use Standard Precautions
  2. Clean wound with Normal Saline or with a Dermal Wound Cleanser for infected wounds. (Follow manufacturer instructions for cleaning wound)
  3. Pat dry
  4. Hydrate with a hydrogel
  5. Apply a foam dressing (Product examples include Polymem or Allevyn)
  6. Change every 3-7 days
  7. Document per agency protocol

* Note: These are wound care guidelines only. Consult with the primary physician for specific orders.

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