Family is one of your biggest allies in your wound care regimen.

There is the popular adage that no person is an island, and that is especially true when it comes to proper wound care. The healing process can be a long and complicated endeavor, one that involves a number of steps over a span of several days or weeks. As such, it is likely that you might miss a few vital steps in your wound infection treatment, which may only further extend your recovery. As such, it’s quite important that you find a partner, as it were, in your ongoing wound healing regimen. Whether a friend or family member, this person can ensure you take the necessary measures to ensure that wounds properly heal every single time.

Education is vital

In order for your friends or family members to assist you during healing, they need to understand just what is involved in the entire process. That means a basic comprehension of a number of different concepts and ideas. Perhaps the biggest area is the difference between the various types of wound, be it an ulcer, cut, tear, contusion, scrape or burn. Your wound care teammate should also be responsible for knowing what ointments or specific dressings your unique wound requires. This is important information because it can help him or her grasp the various methods involved and perhaps even what steps to avoid entirely. As an extension of this, it might be wise of your assistant to speak with your clinician and engage in some online research.

Patience is a virtue

No team can work together effectively if all parties aren’t on the same page. To that end, you need to ensure that you and your friend or family member communicate regularly. That means talking about what steps he or she needs to take throughout the day to both assist and avoid the possibility of any infections developing. However, it also means being able to express to them if your helper doesn’t do something properly. If he or she handles the wound in any way that is painful or detrimental to the healing process, your teammate needs to know lest he or she repeat the same mistake. On the flip side, you should also encourage positive feedback as your assistant learns to help with your wound care. Your partner hearing when he or she has done something right is a great way to reinforce proper behaviors.

Create a schedule

Wound care plans differ between individuals. Perhaps yours involves a number of dressing changes or drainage procedures that have to occur throughout the day. If that’s the case, it’s best you and your wound care partner develop some schedule beforehand. This is a way in which your helper can ensure he or she not only covers every vital step but also gets a better sense of the timing of the various procedures. Don’t be afraid to have your friend or family member update the schedule as need be, so long as you offer effective feedback so he or she doesn’t become confused by the revisions. It’s also crucial to stick to the schedule as promptly as possible. The best way to do that is to rely on alarms to reduce the likelihood of any missed steps.

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