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The category of Post-op Wound Care contains topics that cover generalized post-operative wound care to promote healing and prevent infection. Medical-surgical nurses are usually responsible for changing dressings, monitoring vital signs, looking for signs of complications, and administering medications.
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Answer: Generally, removal of sutures or staples by a nurse requires an order from a provider...
Answer: We were unable to find literature supporting the practice of the surgeon changing the first surgical dressing, versus the nurse. It is typical that the surgeon prefers to perform the first post-op dressing change, but this is neither supported nor recommended in the literature. What is supported is that the dressing change be performed using aseptic technique.
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