A Guide to Managing Wound Exudate in Hospice

Wound Symptom Management: Exudate Control

  • Fill dead space with products indicated in deep wet wound care dressings
  • Sanitary Napkins, Panty liners
  • Nursing (Breast feeding) pads around tube sites
  • Baby diapers
  • Consider a two week trial of topical and/or oral antibiotics for a clean pressure ulcer that is not healing or after 2 -4 weeks of the area continuing to produce exudates
  • If heavy exudates are present, discuss the option of negative pressure wound therapy with Wound Care Resource Nurse or your supervisor

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

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