Things to Consider in Wound Symptom Management

Wound Symptom Management: Points to Ponder

  • Goal can become comfort & limiting the impact of the wound: not healing.
  • Prevent the wound from getting worse : Use your agency’s wound care and mattress guidelines
  • Reduce pain and discomfort
  • Prevent infection
  • Manage odor
  • Manage exudates
  • Minimize skin & wound exposure to body fluids
  • Malnutrition is significant if any one of the following are present:
    • Serum albumin < 3.5 mg/dl
    • Total lymphocytic count < 1800mm
    • Unintentional loss > 15% of body weight

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

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