Instructed in signs and symptoms of complications and/or deterioration of wound status such as temperature above 100 grade, increase redness, drainage, edema, increase pain, increase size of wound.
Instructed in management and control such as diet as prescribed by MD, adequate hydration 1000-2000cc 24 hours if not contraindicated, importance of high protein (meat, legumes, eggs, daily), iron and vitamin supplements if indicated.
Instructed in management and control of wound through activity such as frequent rest periods, no overexertion, no lifting, bending or stooping. Passive and active exercises to increase vascular tone. Elevate affected extremity to promote venous return. Give pain medication, if prescribed, 30 minutes prior to any activity.
Instructed in factors that contribute to poor skin integrity such as immobilization, poor circulation, moisture, heat, anemia, shearing forces, poor nutritional status.
Instructed to keep pressure off wound area to promote circulation which is essential to healing.