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Surgical Wound Management: A Guide to Post-Operative Wound Care

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Post-operative failure of the surgical wound to heal is the most common major complication related to surgical wound management. This failure is often the result of surgical site infection (SSI), which can lead to wound dehiscence. SSIs are serious and costly surgical wound complications that adversely affect patients’ quality of life. Being aware of risk factors for SSI can aid in preventing these infections. If an SSI does develop, however, validated assessment tools are available, as well as a classification system and evidence-based treatment modalities.

This well-referenced white paper is a high-level overview of surgical wound management, with a focus on best practice guidelines for the prevention, classification, assessment, and treatment of SSIs and other common complications.

Wound care professionals need and deserve the best and latest guidelines on SSIs to help prevent or treat these complications in their post-surgical patients. This guide provides up-to-date evidence-based information on risk factors, prevention, assessment, classification, and treatment of SSIs to expedite wound healing for optimal clinical outcomes.

The guide covers the following topics:

Background and costs of SSIs
Classification of surgical wounds
SSI classification
Prevention of SSIs
Risk factors for SSIs
Assessment of surgical wounds
Treatment modalities for surgical wounds
Surgical wound healing by primary, secondary, or tertiary intention

Post-operative failure of the surgical wound to heal is the most common major complication related to surgical wound management. This failure is often the result of surgical site infection (SSI), which can lead to wound dehiscence. SSIs are serious and costly surgical wound complications that adversely affect patients’ quality of life. Being aware of risk factors for SSI can aid in preventing these infections. If an SSI does develop, however, validated assessment tools are available, as well as a classification system and evidence-based treatment modalities.

This well-referenced white paper is a high-level overview of surgical wound management, with a focus on best practice guidelines for the prevention, classification, assessment, and treatment of SSIs and other common complications.

Wound care professionals need and deserve the best and latest guidelines on SSIs to help prevent or treat these complications in their post-surgical patients. This guide provides up-to-date evidence-based information on risk factors, prevention, assessment, classification, and treatment of SSIs to expedite wound healing for optimal clinical outcomes.

The guide covers the following topics:

Background and costs of SSIs
Classification of surgical wounds
Risk factors for SSIs
SSI classification
Prevention of SSIs
Assessment of surgical wounds
Treatment modalities for surgical wounds
Surgical wound healing by primary, secondary, or tertiary intention

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