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If you have a deep wound, your doctor may show you how to pack it. This helps keep the wound clean. It also helps it heal more evenly, from the inside out.
You may be able to pack your wound yourself. Or you may need someone to help you reach it. It's important to wash your hands and keep the area clean when you pack the wound.
Ask your doctor how often to change the packing and what supplies to use.
Before setting up the clean area for your dressing, you should remove your old dressing. Then:
Don't touch the inside of the bowl.
Use enough to cover your packing material.
Use the amount your doctor suggests. Place it in the wetting solution.
Throw them away in a small plastic bag. If you cannot find the packing, contact your doctor right away.
Gently squeeze it out. It should be wet, but not dripping wet.
Don't pack it too tightly. Use your fingers or a cotton swab to press the material into smaller areas of the wound. Always use one continuous piece of packing. For deep wounds, tape the end of the packing material to the outside of the wound.
Let your doctor know if it hurts too much.
This dressing is used to cover the damp packing material.
Tape it down securely. If the cover dressing is not waterproof, cover it with plastic and tape.
Call your doctor or nurse call line now or seek immediate medical care if:
Watch closely for changes in your health, and be sure to contact your doctor or nurse call line if:
Follow-up care is a key part of your treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse call line if you are having problems. It's also a good idea to know your test results and keep a list of the medicines you take.
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Adaptation Date: 5/21/2020
Adapted By: Alberta Health Services
Adaptation Reviewed By: Alberta Health Services
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