Gather materials needed to perform wet to dry dressing change

March 10, 2019 Critical Thinking

Gather materials needed to perform wet to dry dressing change. The nurse will need paper tape, saline, sterile gloves, clean gloves and 4-by-4 gauze. Perform hand hygiene and donn clean gloves. Explain the procedure to the patient. Remove old dressing. Donn sterile gloves. Clean the wound using saline and 4-by-4 gauze. With a dry 4-by-4 gauze, pat the wound until dry carefully. Inspect the wound documenting the odor, color, drainage, consistency and note any signs of infections. Place the moist 4-by-4 gauze on the patient’s wound followed by a dry dressing. Secure the dressing with paper tape. Make sure the procedure is documented and how the patient tolerated.