Healing is a natural process that involves the regeneration, resurfacing and restoration of injured skin. Proper wound dressing keeps you protected from infections, keeps scarring to a minimum, and shortens the healing process. Modern dressings have come a long way from just a bit of gauze or cotton with some adhesive tape. For example, colloidal dressings or silver-lined dressings are now integral parts of wound management, used to heal otherwise poorly healing chronic wounds.
Anyone with any type of wound will require wound dressing. We are usually able to take care of small wounds like minor cuts and scratches at home, but more complicated wounds will require professional medical assistance. Some examples include those who are bedbound and unable to change positions often, resulting in compression wounds and bedsores, or diabetics whose condition is not well-controlled, resulting in diabetic ulcers in the feet or legs.
The frequency of dressing changes ranges from once a day to once a week. This largely depends on the type of wound you have and your underlying medical condition. For example, if you are in poor health or have a weak immunity system, your dressing may have to be changed daily to prevent infections. Wound dressing changes usually only take 15 to 30 minutes to complete. On the other hand, some post-surgery wounds will only need to be changed once a week to give your body tissue and skin time to regenerate on its own, as long as the dressing was done professionally to prevent the possibility of infection.
We have been providing home nursing services in Singapore since January 2019. A doctor and nurse will arrive at your home, where the doctor first assesses your wounds and prescribe the most appropriate management plan. Our nurses will then proceed with your wound dressing. Our nurses are always fully equipped with all the necessary tools to perform wound dressing changes for you, all from the comfort and convenience of your home.