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Wound Care Catalogue

Independence Australia's recommendations for wound products to assist with care and management.

How to Choose Your

How to Choose Your Wound Products Management Aims Wound Location Determine what needs to be achieved e.g. heal a wound, manage exudate, hydrate, treat infection, manage odour? Consider the depth, size, and position of the wound to determine which products will be most appropriate. Dressing Frequency Costs Focus on selecting the right product, on the right wound, at the right time, on the right person for cost-effective wound management. A Person-Centred Choose products according to the frequency of dressing changes e.g. daily dressings or extended wear products. Check a person’s compliance with wearing a wound dressing e.g. is it compromised due Behaviour to dementia, disabilities or other mental health conditions making it difficult to keep in place? Consider a person’s daily activities, mobility, and clothing to minimise the visual impact of the wound dressing and to maximise user comfort. Don’t forget a secondary dressing to hold a primary dressing in place, absorb exudate, or provide wound protection and/or a waterproof barrier. Secondary Dressing Product Comfort Remember you are treating the whole person and not just the hole in the person. © Independence Australia Group 2020. No part of this information may be reproduced in whole or in part in any manner without permission. 4 Independence Australia your way store.independenceaustralia.com

How to Store Your Wound Products Open and unused wound dressings need to be managed with care to avoid contamination and deterioration of products. Bag it Keep product in original packaging and store in a snap lock bag or clean resealable plastic bag. Label it Label a resealable bag with person’s name, date and time of opening. Store it Store away from direct sunlight, heat and moisture. Assign it Ensure open and unused dressings are only used for the same person. Isolate it Store open unused dressings in a separate area away from new unopened products. Size it Choose the most appropriate dressing size to match the wound size to reduce opened stock. Explain it Provide information on how to use and store open unused dressings. Discard it Discard any open and unused dressing in a plastic bag after 4 weeks or as indicated by the manufacturer. © Independence Australia Group 2020. No part of this information may be reproduced in whole or in part in any manner without permission. store.independenceaustralia.com Independence Australia your way 5