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Care of the patient who has had surgery requires a broad knowledge base and expertise in performing many skills. Implementing care that promotes normal healing of the surgical wound is a very important contribution to the patient's postoperative recovery. By studying this you can learn about surgical wound drainage and irrigation techniques, and become better able to provide the important nursing care that is needed.

  • Agenda

  • Read the Overview and Course Objectives.
  • Study the Terminology.
  • Read the course material.
  • Complete the Learning Activity.
  • Complete the Post Test with a score of 80% or more.

    The material is organized around the following categories:

  • Introduction
  • Managing Closed Wound Suction Drainage
  • Closed Suction Drainage Devices
  • Monitoring the Drainage System
  • Drainage Characteristics
  • Emptying the Drainage Collection Devices
  • Wound Irrigation Techniques
  • Surgical Drain Types
  • Obtaining a Wound Culture Specimen
  • Conclusion

    The purpose of this program is to provide nurses an understanding of closed suction wound drainage, wound irrigation, and specimen collection, and how to implement care that promotes normal healing of the surgical wound.

    After completing this course, the learner should be able to:

  • Describe the operation of a closed suction wound drainage system.
  • Name and describe four types of wound drainage, and the normal changes in the character and amount of wound drainage.
  • Demonstrate techniques for emptying and reactivating a portable suction device.
  • State the purpose of wound irrigation.
  • Demonstrate the syringe method of wound irrigation.
  • Discuss important information included when documenting wound irrigation.

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