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Quick Facts - Surgical Wound Management

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Post-operative failure of surgical wounds to heal is the most common major complication related to surgical wound management. This failure often stems from surgical site infection (SSI) and consequent wound dehiscence. These serious surgical wound complications have a high economic cost and an adverse effect on quality of life for your post-surgical patients. Wound care professionals must be aware of risk factors for SSIs to aid in prevention, as well as validated assessment tools and classifications of surgical wounds and SSIs.

As a wound care professional, you need a thorough understanding of surgical wounds, including epidemiology, classifications, and post-operative care. You also need evidence-based tools to prevent surgical wound complications, including SSIs, whenever possible by means of careful post-operative assessment, wound classification, and planning, to optimize clinical outcomes in your post-surgical patients.

This fact sheet contains information crucial to effective surgical wound care, including:

Epidemiology of wound complications: incidence and costs
Intrinsic and extrinsic risk factors for SSI development
Post-operative measures to prevent SSIs, including skin care and dressing selection
Management of post-surgical pain and edema
Post-surgical wound assessment
SSI subclassification categories
CDC classification of surgical wounds

Download A Fact A Day – Surgical Wound Management to share with colleagues in your facility. The print-friendly format lends itself to posting on the bulletin board or handing out to your nursing staff at in-service.

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