It's not uncommon for patients to conduct home wound care following a serious injury or surgical procedure. For some, this can present a lot of questions and concerns throughout the process. However, as long as you follow your doctor's directions and keep the proper wound care supplies on hand, you should have no problems.
Reasons for home care
Chronic wounds generally require home care for full recovery. These types of wounds occur when skin or deep tissue has been broken so severely that it requires an extended period of time to heal.1 Instead of keeping you at the hospital, your clinician will likely send you home with a plan in place – providing there's no sign of infection. To start, some doctors will recommend the services of a home care agency. Once you get into the swing of things, there's a good chance that you can take over the responsibilities.
Necessary home care supplies
Depending on the type of injury or surgery a patient has experienced, there are a variety of medical supplies that may be necessary for recovery at home. However, you will be given specific instructions and a list of required equipment prior to starting your treatment. If this information is not provided, it is in your best interest to request it. Open wounds are at risk of developing bacteria, which can lead to infection or extend the recovery time. So, you'll want to make sure that you are properly caring for the wound.
Other tips for home care
Once you've obtained instructions for your clinician, it's important that you keep track of all your wound care responsibilities at home. For instance, if you are taking medications to prevent infection and lessen pain, you'll want to track the times each dose is administered. Following a serious injury, you may experience excruciating pain if your prescription isn't taken at the appropriate times. Some other things to keep in mind during your home care include:
- Tracking the amount of supplies you have remaining – you don't want to run out.2
- Knowing what to look for in terms of a healthy wound – it's best to contact your doctor at the first sign of infection.
- Keeping up with any physical therapy exercises that have been prescribed to ensure an overall successful recovery.
If you are in need of wound care supplies to treat an injury or surgical site following discharge from the hospital, contact Medex Supply. This online medical supply store will provide you with all of the necessary equipment for a full and healthy recovery.
1 Intermountain Healthcare, "Wound care: Homes instructions" February 2012
2 Wound Care Advisor, "Providing wound care in the home: An option to explore" August 6, 2012