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Simple wound dressing

  • Wash hands and introduce yourself
  • Check the patient’s name and DOB
  • Explain the procedure and gain consent


Prepare equipment

  • Required equipment:
    • Sterile dressing pack
    • Gauze to act as a dressing
    • Normal saline
    • Bandage
    • Micropore tape
    • 2 pairs gloves (non-sterile)
    • Apron
    • Wipes to clean your surface
    • Clinical waste bin/bag
  • Put on apron and one pair of gloves
  • Clean the surface with wipes
  • Open the sterile dressing pack, taking care not to touch the sterile field, gently tip all the contents out onto the sterile field (can put your hand underneath)
  • Open the dressing gauze and bandage onto the sterile field
  • Open the saline and tip onto the gauze


Wound cleaning

  • Put on a new pair of gloves
  • Use aseptic/non-touch technique:
    • Use one hand (clean hand) to pick up the gauze, transfer to the other hand (dirty hand) to wash the wound and transfer to the bin
    • Don’t allow the dirty gauze to come close to the sterile field
  • Using forceps in clean hand, pick up the gauze. Transfer to forceps in dirty hand
  • Wash the wound using small circles, concentric, starting in the middle, working your way out to the outside of the wound
  • Transfer the gauze to the bin using the dirty hand
  • Use more gauze until wound is clean
  • Dry wound if necessary using a piece of gauze, transferring in the same way
  • You can prepare gauze into balls by holding with one pair of forceps, and wrapping the rest of the gauze around using the other pair, squeezing out excess saline, and placing on the sterile field for use later



  • Put on a new pair of gloves
  • Use a thick piece of (dry) gauze, transferring as above
  • Cut it to the appropriate size if necessary
  • Get a bandage, and wrap firmly around the gauze, but not tight enough to cut off circulation
  • Secure with micropore tape
  • Check the fingers/toes for pinkness
  • Ask the patient if they feel any tingling in their limbs distal to the dressing
  • If so, the bandage is too tight and needs loosening

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