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Below you will find specific recommendations for your wound care needs. Always be sure to check with your doctor if you have any questions or concerns about how to properly care for your wound and/or about which products are appropriate.

Caring for Ulcers

An ulcer is generally defined as a wound that takes longer to heal. Ulcers can range from mild to complicated, with signs and symptoms ranging from reddening of the skin to severe tissue damage that extends into the muscle and bone. Because of being difficult to treat and slow to heal, complications of soft tissue, bone and skin infections can occur when you develop an ulcer.

  1. Wash your hands thoroughly using plenty of soap and water prior to cleaning or treating any wound.
  2. Carefully remove old dressings. Remove tapes carefully so you do not damage the skin around the wound. Slowly remove dressings, layer by layer, and discard them in a plastic bag. Never re-use the dressing. If the dressing is hard to remove, moisten it with clean water or sterile saline.
  3. Keeping the ulcer and the area around it clean is important for reducing further wound contamination.
  4. Keep the unaffected tissue around the ulcer clean and dry.
  5. Change dressings regularly. See below for the 3-step process to changing a dressing properly.
  6. Apply skin lotions and moisturizers to the rest of the body to prevent skin from drying out and cracking which could lead to the development of other ulcers.

Changing positions frequently and redistributing body weight to relieve pressure off the ulcer is important to promote adequate blood flow to the affected area. If you have diabetes, always inspect between your toes and under your foot for presence of ulcers. Refer to the Diabetes Care section for valuable information if you have diabetes.

  • Following these recommendation are just some of the steps in preventing an ulcer from getting worse and helping restore healthy skin. Always make sure to speak with your doctor regularly about the care of the ulcers.
  • Always look for signs of infection. Call your doctor immediately if any of the following signs occur:
  • Tenderness
  • Redness
  • Swollen glands
  • Swelling around the wound
  • Red streaks leading from the wound
  • Throbbing pain
  • Pus
  • Fever

Putting on a new dressing is as easy as 1,2,3

Step 1—Cover it

Select the appropriate primary cover from the recommendations above. The dressing should fully cover the area that needs to heal. Leave ½ inch of the cover extending beyond the wound to make sure the wound is covered properly.

Step 2—Roll it

Apply the recommended bandage over the cover to provide extra cushion and absorbency.

Step 3—Secure it

Use the recommended tape and wrap that was recommended that fits your needs for durability, skin sensitivity, and ease of removal. The right kind of tape comfortably holds your dressing in place.

For any questions or concerns on changing a dressing contact your doctor. Always follow any specific wound care instructions they have given you for your wound.


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