A little background first: My hubby had a pilonidal sinus and cyst excised in mid Feb. A few weeks ago was his last visit to the surgeon and he was healed to the point that it didn't require packing at all! Well, during the last week the wound has re-opened itself! We paid the surgeon a visit yesterday and he had to slice some tissue that was growing over the top.. he said it was already a reoccurance! Now we're back to packing BID.
Anyways, we won't have the homecare nurse visit for another week and they sent me home with as many supplies as possible.. but while packing his wound this morning I noticed some things were missing. Main question is, is rubbing alcohol the same thing that's on those alcohol pads? I am just wiping the tips of tweezers.
For the packing before, we were using all kinds of stuff. First saline soaked gauze, then aquacel for a few weeks, then acticoat silver. The surgeon's nurse said to use saline soaked gauze but to wring it out really well, so that it was just damp. Our homecare nurse was really persistent on using the other things, which I told the surgeon's nurse about and she said not to. So if we get the same nurse and she is persistent about using the other stuff, is there a way I can politely tell her perhaps not?
Also, do you have any tips you can share about packing a wound like this? That would be great! Nursing school is only 3 years off in the future :chuckle