Germs from your skin or your environment can create an infection in the wound. Wash your hands following the correct hand washing procedure – this is one of the most important things you and your care givers can do to prevent infection.
Please refer to the hand washing guide on how to clean your wound before applying a new dressing.
If your dressing does not stay in place and cover your wound, you may be at an increased risk of infection. The dressing will prevent bacteria getting into the wound, reducing the risk of contamination.
Keep a clean dressing on your wound – dressings keep germs out and protect the wound from injury. They also help absorb fluid that drains from the wound that could damage the surrounding skin.