Three Tips for Beginners Dealing with Wound Care

If you’re new to dealing with wound care and don’t know where to start – don’t worry, we have you covered. We sat down with Charmaine Brooks of Trilogy Home Healthcare – who specializes in best practices for wound care and a top resource to physicians and patients, as well as other nurses to educate and train them on comprehensive wellness services – to share her top three tips for beginners.

  1. To ensure proper wound management and facilitate healing, determining the cause of the wound is key to a healthy recovery. A few things to take into consideration, how did the wound happen, was it a burn, skin tear, or pressure ulcer?

  1. Prevent and manage skin tears. To keep skin tears from happening or getting worse, it’s important to closely monitor the skin on a routine basis. For prevention – increase moisture with a good skin moisturizer and also keep well hydrated. For management of skin tears – apply light pressure until bleeding or leakage has stopped, clean it well with soap and water, and if there is a skin tear, put the skin back in place and cover it with a nonadherent dressing to minimize the trauma.

  1. Nutrition. Believe it or not but eating healthy during the wound healing process helps patients fight infections and heal faster. Choose vegetables and fruits rich in vitamin C, such as strawberries or spinach, as well as whole grains, including brown rice, and be sure to always include a healthy protein like scrambled eggs for breakfast, lentils for lunch, and chicken for dinner. When the body is recovering it also requires more hydration – be sure to drink plenty of water and stay away from sweetened beverages. The most important tip is to speak with your healthcare provider about the best diet for you.

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