SN teaching the patient / caregiver on S / S ( signs / symptoms) of wound infection to report to physician, such as increased temp >100.5, chills, increase in drainage, foul odor, redness, or unrelieved pain.
SN instructed patient on wound care. The patient should be sure to have a well-balanced diet. This include protein, vitamins and iron. Note: using a blender or chopping food does not change the nutritional value of the food.
SN instructed patient on wound care. Keep a clean dressing on your wound, dressings keep out germs and protect the wound from injury. They also help absorb fluid that drains from the wound and could damage the skin around it. Try to drink six to eight cups of water daily. Hydration is essential for healthy skin.
SN instructed patient to always assess wound dry sterile dressing when removed for any symptoms / signs of infection, such as increase drainage amount, any odor, drainage color, etc . Check your temperature once or twice a day. Report any fever or increase pain.
Instructed caregiver to keep patient's ulcer from becoming infected, it is important to: keep blood glucose levels under tight control; keep the ulcer clean and bandaged; cleanse the wound daily, using a wound dressing or bandage; and avoid walking barefoot.
Instructed caregiver the patient are at high risk if the patient have or do the following: Neuropathy, Poor circulation, A foot deformity (e.g., bunion, hammer toe), Wear inappropriate shoes, Uncontrolled blood sugar, History of a previous foot ulceration.
Instructed caregiver reducing additional risk factors, such as , high cholesterol, and elevated blood glucose, are important in prevention and treatment of a diabetic foot ulcer. Wearing the appropriate shoes and socks will go a long way in reducing risks. the patient podiatrist can provide guidance in selecting the proper shoes.
Instructed caregiver inspect patient's feet every day—especially the sole and between the toes—for cuts, bruises, cracks, blisters, redness, ulcers, and any sign of abnormality. Each time you visit a health-care provider, remove your shoes and socks so your feet can be examined. Any problems that are discovered should be reported to patient's podiatrist as soon as possible; no matter how simple they may seem to you.
Instructed caregiver learning how to check patient's feet is crucial so that you can find a potential problem as early as possible.
Instructed caregiver the key to successful wound healing is regular podiatric medical care to ensure the following “gold standard” of care: Lowering blood sugar, appropriate debridement of wounds, treating any infection, reducing friction and pressure, restoring adequate blood flow.