a question for the people who have had multiple surgeries

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ivy6
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   Posted 7/14/2009 5:39 PM (GMT -7)   
Do you need to dress your wounds at home afterwards?

My (late) mother had multiple abdominal surgeries for cancer ten years ago and somehow collected a large box full of surgical dressings. I never threw it away because I was reasonably certain that I'd be having surgery myself at some point in the future and might need it myself, but now I'm wondering if I should just toss a lot of it.

I'm keeping things like Tegaderm which are sealed, wrapped and sterile, but have tossed anything that has been opened and is looking old.

There's one thing, though, that I'm not sure about: a large Combine Dressing Roll, which the package says is 9x10 cm, but seems considerably larger to me. What's a combine dressing for? And if it's looking dusty, I won't be wanting to put it on *any* wound... is that right?

Keep or toss? Will I ever use it if I have abdo surgery myself?

Ta,

Ivy.
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Nanners
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   Posted 7/14/2009 5:51 PM (GMT -7)   
The only time I had to use any type of dressings were after my two bowel resections. And the only reason I had to use them was because I got a infection in my incision that they had to reopen and let close from the bottom up with wet/dry packings. Otherwise, if I had not gotten the infections I would never have had to use dressings and such. I would toss. JMHO
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ivy6
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   Posted 7/14/2009 5:54 PM (GMT -7)   
Fantastic! Thanks, Gail.

FLYlady would be proud of me. That dressing roll has been sitting on our shelf for a DECADE. :-)
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Nanners
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   Posted 7/14/2009 6:06 PM (GMT -7)   
LOL
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