PROPER WOUND CLEANSING
Proper wound cleansing, treatment, and protection from contamination can prevent infections. The following three simple steps are recommended for infection prevention.
CLEAN the Wound
Clean the wound and surrounding area gently with mild soap and rinse with water. Blot dry with gauze pads. These sterile gauze pads prepare the wound for the next step without introducing contaminants.
TREAT the Wound
Treat the wound with antibiotic ointment to protect against infection.
PROTECT the Wound
Protect the wound by covering it with a gauze pad to absorb fluids and prevent further contamination. Handle only the edges of the gauze pad. Secure with first aid tape to help keep out dirt and germs.
For people with diabetes, poor circulation can result in a slower healing process, so preventing infections while aiding the body’s natural healing process is important. Covering any wounds with first aid tape and gauze can help prevent infection and speed healing by keeping infection and germs out. For years, people have believed that keeping wounds uncovered to let them air out helps them heal faster. Extensive research has proven this is untrue.
A covered wound…
An uncovered wound…