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Incision Care Discharge Instructions | Nucleus Health

Please watch the entire video before caring
for your incision. This video will teach you how to care for your incision. An incision
is a cut made in your skin during an operation. The edges of your incision may be held together
with stitches, staples, skin glue or skin closure strips. A bandage called a “dressing”
covers your incision. To prevent skin infections, keep your dressing clean and dry. Taking good
care of your incision will help it heal more quickly. Caring for your incision involves
cleaning your incision and changing your dressing. You will need: new bandages, a roll of medical
tape, clean scissors, two pairs of disposable gloves, two clean, soft cloths or paper towels,
a disposable plastic bag, and a waste basket. Keep these materials away from your incision
to reduce your risk of infection. Prepare Materials
Step One: Wash your hands with soap and water for 30-seconds and then dry them with a clean
towel or paper towels. Clean hands are the best protection against spreading infection.
Step Two: Open a new bandage wrapper. Leave the bandage inside the wrapper and be careful
not to touch it. Step Three: Cut four pieces of tape and hang them from the edge of a nearby
table or counter. The pieces of tape should be the same length as the old ones around
your incision. Remove Old Dressing
Step One: Wash your hands again with soap and water, and then dry them. Step Two: Put
on disposable gloves. Step Three: With one hand, press down gently on the skin next to
the old tape around your incision. With the other hand, carefully peel away the old tape
toward your incision. Step Four: After loosening the tape, remove your old dressing. Do not
remove any skin closure strips covering your incision. Let them fall off on their own in
about 5 to 10 days. If your dressing sticks to your incision, don’t tear it off. Tearing
it off may cause bleeding and delay healing. Moisten the dressing with warm water. Wait
for a minute or two until you can easily remove it. Look at your old dressing after your remove
it. If the dressing has a foul or sweet smell or it has yellow or greenish stain, call your
healthcare provider. Step Five: Place the old dressing in a disposable plastic bag.
Step Six: Remove the disposable gloves. Throw the gloves and the plastic bag containing
your old dressing in the waste basket. Clean the Incision
Clean your incision only if your healthcare provider says you should. Your healthcare
provider may only want you change your dressing. Make sure you understand what your healthcare
provider wants you to do, and be sure to call with questions or concerns. Step One: Wash
your hands with soap and water and dry them. Step Two: Put on a new pair of disposable
gloves. Step Three: Always use a clean cloth, warm water, and if your healthcare provider
says you can, a mild antibacterial soap. To gently remove dried material from the area
around your incision, start with the areas nearest your incision and wipe outwards or
away from the incision. Use a different part of the cloth each time you wipe your skin.
When the cloth is dirty, use a new, clean cloth. Do not scrub or remove any scabs. Scabs
protect your incision while it heals. Allow them to fall off on their own. Do not wipe
or rub over stitches, staples, or skin closure strips. Unless your healthcare provider says
you should, do not clean your incision with alcohol, iodine, or peroxide. Step Four: Let
your incision air dry. As it dries, check your incision for the following: stitches
or staples that are out of place, the edges of your incision pulling open, bleeding around
your incision, redness that extends more than one inch from your incision edges, increased
skin warmth around your incision, swelling around your incision, foul or sweet smelling
incision odor, or a white, yellow, or green discharge coming from your incision. Call
your healthcare provider if you notice any of these changes. Unless your healthcare provider
says you should, do not use ointment, lotion, or powder on your incision. Step Five: Remove
your disposable gloves and throw them in the waste basket.
Apply New Dressing Step One: Wash your hands with soap and water
and dry them. Step Two: Put on a new pair of disposable gloves. Step Three: Pick up
a piece of gauze by one corner. Do not touch the side that will be next to your incision.
Carefully cover your incision with the gauze pad. You may need more than one gauze pad
if fluid is still coming out of your incision. Hold the gauze pad in place with one hand
and tape the gauze pad to your skin with the other hand. Make sure you seal all four edges
of the dressing. If your skin is red from the tape on your old dressing, put the new
tape on a different part of your skin. If your skin is swollen or has blisters, contact
your healthcare provider. You may be allergic to the tape and need to try a different kind.
Step Five: Remove your gloves and put them into the waste basket. Step Six: Wash your
hands again with soap and water and dry them. It’s normal to see mild redness and swelling
around your incision edges or a clear or pinkish discharge; however, you should contact your
healthcare provider if you notice any white, yellow, or green discharge coming from your
incision, a foul or sweet incision odor, the shape of your incision changes, redness that
extends more than one inch from your incision edges, increased warmth of the incision, and
bleeding or swelling around your incision. Also, call your healthcare provider if you
have nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, or a temperature of 101-degrees Fahrenheit or higher.

65 thoughts on “Incision Care Discharge Instructions | Nucleus Health

  1. Nucleus medical media pls make a video on VENTRICULAR SEPTAL DEFECT !!!
    im very confused !!!I wan to know more abt it

  2. please do one on Parkinson's, Epilipsy n Alzheimer's. It would be a great help. n also on motion sickness (causes, symptoms, preventions) Please!

  3. Thank God for this video I got discharged with no information how to clean or when to change after 1 week I'm trying to take the dressings off anyone else have similar experience?

  4. I got surgery yesterday and I have to change the dressing. Yes they discharged me after they patches me up .. Like seriously WTF… A nurse( NOT THE DOCTOR BUT A NURSE WHO WASN'T EVEN ON THE CASE) packed up some gauze and other things to assist me with changing the dressing(again WTF) however the area is on my tailbone so I'm not 100% sure how I'm going to do this or how many times I'm suppose to change the dressing???!! Smfh I'm honestly scared because I don't want to hurt myself or make any mistakes seeing how I don't have someone to assist me

  5. The only thing I have is warmth. My whole knee from the incisions (ACL and meniscus surgery) around it is very warm and I thought it was from the (idk what it’s called but it’s like sticky, that’s supposed to hold the thing on my incisions) but now I’m not sure

  6. thanks for this video shows how to care for a surgical incision after hospital discharge.videos that are useful for treating wounds after surgery

  7. Why i can't clean with betadine-Iodine? anyone answer my question please. the doctor recommend to clean the wound with only betadine-iodine. why in this video not allowed to use it?

  8. idk man i got my stitches opened today. i’m 14 and had appendix. it had puss and was leaking stuff. doc said it’s ok but i’m scared 😞 😦

  9. I got the same scratch as number 34 I had to look to make sure I had a scrtach and not an parsite cause it an weird looking scratch

  10. have a shot every time she says "incision".

    EDIT: Congratulations, you have taken 39 shots! Good luck with your healing incision.

  11. I felt compelled to pause Netflix and come here. I have a bad wound under my right foot from falling. Size of half a dime, but it hurts! Dr. gave me a month supply of antibiotics which I took three/day. Helped a bit, but not entirely. I was so depressed because I could barely transfer from my wheelchair to shower/use the toilet/sleep.

    I did a lot of research and found:

    WINVIVO Wound Ointment and Juven Therapeutic Nutrition Drink Mix.

    They are sold in Amazon–$140 and $75, respectively. The former helps with all kinds of wounds (I felt better after dressing the wound with it and wrapping with bandage/gauze; changed three days later and have noticed it healing) and the latter is, from reading the reviews, great for the healing aid post-surgery, cuts not healing. I had my doubts, but I'm glad because they do work. Everyone's healing process and body are different, but if you've tried everything to no avail hopefully these will help you.

  12. when i got stitches it was completely painless except the anesthetic being injected with a syringe like seven time in a row

  13. can anyone help basically i got stitches in my ankle after taking a chunk of my ankle out and i’m wondering if it will always be tight or will the skin grow back because i can’t walk on that foot because it’s tight i’m wondering if it’s always going be like this because i lost skin

  14. What do I need to do when incision become so itchy after removal of drainage tubes after 12 days of appendix operation

  15. Very good video, thank you. Looking after surgery is important. Check this clip out if my finger healing https://youtu.be/gQz4Qkls-tg

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