Hello fellow nurses
I work in LTC and we have a resident who fell and tore her skin to the muscle. We are placing xeroform on the section of the wound that has either dead skin or no skin, and kerlix over the top. One of the nurses I work with was a MA before he became an RN and argues that xeroform should be applied as a sterile procedure. Has anyone else heard of this practice?
So far I've kept it a sterile procedure, but I'm unsure if the other nurses are doing the same, and I'd like some evidence to back up either procedure. The plastic surgeon gave us orders to cut the dead skin, so I'm trying to figure out if we need sterile or clean scissors as well.
Your thoughts and current practice appreciated.