Ok guys, I am a new nurse. Have only had my license for about four months now- but have always had a passion for woundcare- dating back to my STNA days of assisting with drsg. changes or peeking under them. I was taught that wet to dry drsg.s were old school- and no longer viewed as benefical as they removed healthy new granulation tissue upon removal-when done properly-thus impedeing the healing. Here's my dilemma- if this type of dressing is so prehistoric, and potentially harmful to a resident (staff has a history of incorrect procedures ie; using Ns to "loosen" the gauze, and cutting the gauze to "fit nicely")- am I obligated, as the treatment nurse to do something here? I mean- I know that we're expected to have current knowledge of acceptable practices- and to not do those viewed as harmful (ie;the H2O2 or iodine wound cleansers). I really am out of my realm here- but, I truely do not feel comfortable with this. The wound in question is on a 98 yr. old women with a recent amputation of a toe for full-thicken venous stasis ulcer-not closed, with wet to dry drsgs. I tried to get clarification from the Dr. today- with no reply, so this is the only order I have for care. What is my liability here as the treatment nurse? There is alot more to this particular case- one in which I feel very uncomfortable with on several fronts- but that's another thread for another day. I really feel that we're leaving this woman open to some nasty infection that could cause alot of problems- not to mention poor healing. Maybe I just really need a hug.....but this situation is greatly disturbing to me. I could really use some input from the pros here.