What is the reason for packing a wound?
- 0Dec 26, '05 by christvsI'm a new RN & my question is this: why do we pack wounds instead of just covering the wound with a sterile dressing? The other day I had a pt. who had a sigmoid resection and after the docs removed her staples, her wound opened up on her abdomen, so we were packing it with sterile gauze and then covering it with a dressing. I just am curious as to why we pack wounds, like what is the scientific reason behind it. Thanks!
- 0Dec 26, '05 by JentheRN05Yes scientifically speaking it is for debridement. It is a sort of wick so to speak. Soaking up infection/pus/fluids and getting them away from the body. When you remove the packing, you are removing old unhealthy stuff and alllowing the body to heal better.
Hope this helps.
- 0Jan 10, '06 by Tom85Why you pack a wound is no the question. What you pack it with is!. Depending on the amount of exudation something like a Alginate rope might be even needed. Wet-to dry is ok to use but i dont prefer it. If anything use Tenderwet if u wanna go that route. But if it is wet to dry u might wanna go bid, to make sure it doesnt dry out on the patient. that would be an OUCH OUCH. Or go the dsd route