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Surgical Wounds and Surgical Site Infections: When Acute Healing Goes Wrong

Dr. Thomas E. Serena, MD, FACS, FACHM, MAPWCA

Surgical wounds with infection are some of the costliest wounds encountered by health care professionals, and often occur after discharge from the hospital. Understanding the cause of surgical wounds can help health care professionals better understand how to prevent them from occurring. This presentation reviews the impact of surgical wounds and provides tips on how to prevent and treat surgical wounds.

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

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.

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Quick Facts – Surgical Wound Management

Download Quick Facts – Surgical Wound Management and share it within your facility. This two-page fact sheet was created to support staff education on the prevention and treatment of surgical wounds. The print-friendly format is perfect for posting on the bulletin board or distributing to your nursing staff at in-service.

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Terms to know: Surgical Wounds

Acute Wound:  A wound that is following a predicted pattern of healing that should result in complete functional closure.

Chronic Wound: A wound that has failed to re-epithelialize after three months, usually because of failure to progress past the inflammatory phase of wound healing.

Epidermal Resurfacing/Stratification:Epidermal cells that proliferate and migrate across the surface of the wound from the wound margins and develop multilayered/stratified layers of epidermis.

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