exploration??

  1. i was reading this article and it mentioned a pt haveing "exploration right groin infection"
    What is exploration??
    Also, this pt had a opsite dressing, can somone clue me in? yes i'm new to this stuff (1st year) =)
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  3. by   CarolineRn
    Hi there! I can answer your question about op-site dressing, simply because last week in clinicals I encountered one.

    Op-Site is nothing more than a clear bandage (or piece of tape) so that you can see the wound beneath it for easy assessment.

    As far as exploration, I will take a guess that they were doing exploratory surgery for a right groin infection??

    Sorry, not much help, but I'm sure a real nurse will come along soon and answer your question!
  4. by   nur20
    An OPSITE dressing is a clear dressing where you can observe the area without removing the dressing. This exploration could be infection may have travelled to other unknown regions
  5. by   debbyed
    Sounds like they did an I&D (incision and drainage) than looked around alittle (exploration) to see if the infection tunneled anywhere.
  6. by   KRVRN
    An Opsite is like a Tegaderm, if you're familiar with those.

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exploration??