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Patient Experience - June 2019 - Subscribe to Outpatient Surgery Magazine

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1 0 • O U T PA T I E N T S U R G E R Y M A G A Z I N E • J U N E 2 0 1 9 Ideas Work That INFECTION CONTROL When Can Wound Coverings Come Off? I t takes about 24 hours for enough epithelial cells to proliferate across sur- gical wounds to pro- tect the area from infection. You can tell patients to keep wounds fully covered for a full day after they leave your facility and include a reminder in discharge directions, but they're often tempted to peel back bandages for a quick peek or, worse, remove them to shower. That's why our hospi- tal's SSI prevention bundle includes "DO NOT REMOVE UNTIL" stickers, which online office supply retailers can make for you. PACU nurses note the next day's date on the stickers before placing them on surgi- cal wound dressings. The stickers serve as on-the-spot reminders for tempted patients to keep dressings in place until wounds begin to close. Kimberly Davis, MD, MBA, FACS, FCCM Yale School of Medicine New Haven, Conn. kimberly.davis@yale.edu • STICK TO IT Noting when it's safe to remove surgical dressings protects incision sites until they begin to heal.

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