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Normal healing of the surgical wound is an important priority of patient care following surgery. Specific needs can vary significantly and must be anticipated by the nurse in planning the patient's postoperative care. This program assists the nurse in providing wound care for the surgical patient by explaining the process of healing and the interventions necessary to effectively manage the surgical dressing. By studying this course, you can learn about surgical wound care 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
  • The Patient's Needs
  • Common Types of Wounds
  • Patient Assessment
  • Surgical Site Assessment
  • Dressing Change Preparation
  • Changing the Dressing
  • Surgical Wound Assessment
  • Using a Wet-to-dry Dressing
  • Conclusion

    The purpose of this program is to provide nurses an understanding of wound care the processes of healing.

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

  • Identify important elements in the initial postoperative assessment of the patient.
  • Demonstrate preparation of a sterile field for surgical wound care.
  • Demonstrate aseptic technique during cleansing of the surgical site.
  • Name the process of healing that occurs normally in the open wound.
  • Describe the function of the contact and absorbent layers of the dry, sterile nonocclusive dressing
  • State the primary function and demonstrate the technique for applying wet-to-dry dressing.

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