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Wound Debridement

What is Debridement? Debridement is the process of removing dead tissue from wounds. The dead tissue may be black, gray, yellow, tan, or white. Foreign material may also be on the wound. It may need to be removed. Your wound care doctor will let you know if dead tissue needs to be removed from your…

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Smoking and Wound Healing

How Does Smoking Affect Wound Healing? Cigarettes contain nicotine. Nicotine causes your arteries to become narrow. It can also cause your arteries to go into spasm. When this happens, the oxygen and nutrients carried in your blood cannot get to your wound. Oxygen and nutrients are needed for your wound to heal. A wound that…

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Personal Safety

Elder Abuse Millions of older adults are abused each year. There are many kinds of abuse. Tell your health care provider if you experience any of the following, or call one of the numbers above if any of the following happens to you: Physical abuse is when someone hurts or harms you. This is when…

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Transferring Patients Safely

Tips for Caregivers Transferring Patients Caregivers helping transfer patients safely, remember to: Let the person do as much work as he/she can. Use a transfer belt to balance and support the person. Have the person wear shoes with good treads or sturdy slippers. Ask for training. Back strain and back pain are common problems that…

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Medication Safety

Keep a list of your drugs and allergies with you at all times. Take it with you to all of your doctor visits. Include all “over the counter” drugs that you take like Tylenol, Advil, vitamins, herbs and minerals, and any type of “supplements.” If you are allergic to a drug you should wear a…

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Safety

Washing Your Hands Washing your hands is very important. It can help infection from spreading: At home At work At school In public Wash your hands before: Cleaning your wound and putting on your clean dressing Making food Eating Wash your hands after: Using the toilet Touching dirty wound dressings and pets Taking off your…

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