Nursing Skill Check: Wound Care Dressing Change

“Wound Care Dressing Change with Irrigation and Packing: Before beginning this procedure always perform the following steps to ensure patient safety. Perform hand hygiene, provide patient privacy, introduce yourself, use two patient identifiers, verify allergy status, perform environmental safety check, ensure proper body mechanics, gather all supplies, provide patient education. Assess the patient’s condition, including the dressing and wound, as well as the pain level. If needed, medicate with analgesic 30 minutes before procedure, if medication is to be given P O or IV. Explain the procedure to patient.