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*When going through the process of a wet to dry dressing change be sure to follow your physicians instructions carefully.
** Dressing changes should be completed after showering once per day or as directed by the physician. **
1. Remove all other dressings and packing from the wound or the wound area. If packing has dried in the incision, it may be necessary to remove backing while showering.
2. While in the shower, allow soap and regular tap water to rinse out the wound. This will allow all infection or debris that is in the wound to drain out.
3. Cut gauze to a size that seems appropriate to loosely pack into the wound. If necessary, the gauze may be cut during the application process.
4. Wet gauze using normal saline, available as generic contact solution.
5. Ring out gauze enough to still be damp but do not apply while liberally wet. The goal is for the packing to dry and absorb infection between dressing changes.
6. Loosely pack gauze into the wound. Do not pack gauze tightly as this will not allow enough spacing for the wound to properly heal.
7. Do not leave wet gauze on the outer layer of skin which surrounds the wound. This will increase irritation to the affected area.
8. Cut off any excess gauze and discard.
9. Apply dry gauze over the wound and the packing area. This method is used to not only cover the affected area but allow the packing to stay in place. The outer dressing also absorbs excess drainage between dressing changes.
10. Tape dried gauze to surrounding area.
11. Monitor throughout the day, If the external gauze appears to be soiled, remove soiled gauze, but do not remove packing unless instructed to do changes more than once a day.
If you are experiencing pain, take pain medication (prescribed or Tylenol) 20-30 minutes before beginning the dressing change. DO NOT TAKE ASPIRIN or products containing aspirin as this may lead to unnecessary bleeding.