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Celebrating the National Nurses Week

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Celebrating the National Nurses Week

May 11-17 is National Nurses Week. Just like the previous years, we are celebrating the hard work of all nurses in the country and in different parts of the world. Celebrating it is a simple way to show our gratitude to the nurses who have always been passionate and dedicated to their work.
Being a nurse surely isn’t an easy job. From the time a patient walks into a healthcare facility until the time they leave, they are always on call. They tend to all the needs of their patients with their comfort in mind. They work hard each and every day but sadly, they don’t get the recognition that they deserve.
Despite the …

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Chronic Wounds that are Often Overlooked

Chronic wounds develop when the normal healing process of the wound is disrupted. It is the type of wound that doesn’t heal within a specific time frame that such type of wound should have been healed. They are a side effect of diseases and, in some cases, are overlooked. To determine if the wound is chronic, patients should keep track of how long the wound lasts.
One of the chronic wounds that are often overlooked is the small vascular wound caused by poor circulation. When the wound fails to receive the amount of blood that it needs, the wound heals longer. This makes it prone to possible infection. This type of wound is often …

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The Basics of Collagen Dressing

Have you ever heard of collagen dressing? It is said that collagen dressing can help promote collagen production in the wound area, helping the wound recover faster. However, you need to know that it doesn’t work on all wounds, like wounds from third-degree burns. On the other hand, people who suffered from skin grafts and minimal exudate wounds have benefited a lot from using it.
Collagen dressing comes in different pore sizes. It also comes in different forms like pastes, powders, and gels that are then placed on wounds. You can try collagen dressings if your wounds don’t heal quickly. While other dressing attempts to control …

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Different Types of Burns and How to Take Care of Them

We may suffer from burns at times while living our everyday lives. Proper assessment and treatment of the wound are necessary to avoid infection. It will also help heal the wounds faster.
What are the different types of burns?

First Degree – This kind of burn only affects the skin’s outermost layer and can be quite painful. The skin becomes red, but it will eventually come off. Typically, medical care is not needed.
Second Degree – This burn affects the dermis area, and it may lead to blisters forming. It takes a longer time to heal and has more chances…

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BC’s Efforts to Help People Stay Updated about Covid 19 and Promote Mental Wellness

We can’t deny the fact that there is an overwhelming amount of information about Covid 19 that you can find online. However, it surely isn’t easy to determine what is true and what is not. Good thing, the Government of British Columbia has come up with a way of stopping the spread of misinformation. You can now keep yourself updated with the latest news and information about Covid 19 through an app. You can also access it online.
With the pandemic, lots of people lost their jobs and their loved ones. Quarantine and lockdowns have placed a distance between family and friends. So, it is quite normal for people to feel depressed, …

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Peristomal Skin Assessment Guide

Having troubles with your ostomy can surely take a toll on your life. You will live your days full of worries and concerns. However, now, there are available tools that can help you determine what’s wrong with your skin and what you can do about it.
Introducing the Peristomal Skin Assessment Guide
WOCN or the Wound Ostomy Continence Nurses developed the so-called Peristomal Skin Assessment Guide. You can download it as an app or make use of it online. By using it, you will be asked some questions to assess your ostomy. Afterward, it will provide you with a possible solution that you can try out.

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Things to Avoid When Taking Wound Swabs

When wounds get infected, taking a wound swab is often the next thing to follow. Although there are no specific steps in taking it, it is very important to prevent making faulty practices. Here are some things that you definitely should avoid doing.
Before taking a wound swab:

Get rid of all the dirty dressing, slough, and other contaminating materials.
Gently remove it with the use of the saline solution.
Don’t leave out any residue to prevent the infection from advancing. If you have dry wounds, moisten the swab with a sterile saline solution first.

The reason for this is because when…

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Life after Ostomy Surgery – Here’s Some Tips and Tricks!

After undergoing ostomy surgery, for sure, your mind would be full of questions about what your life will be like, so here, we would be answering some of the questions you might just have.
Is it okay to shower with my pouch? It is up to you. Nowadays, there are pouches that you can wear or remove while showering. There is no problem if your pouch gets wet because you can just simply pat it dry.
How often should I change my pouch? In most cases, pouches are changed twice a week. However, some patients prefer changing it only once a week. One indication that you should change your pouch is when you feel an itching or burning …

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Ostomy Wound Care

Although caring for an ostomy wound is often viewed as a daunting task, having the right knowledge makes it much easier, especially with the use of the right supplies. So, let’s start with your pouch system, and the barrier is the most important part since it protects your wound from waste and prevents odor.
If you have a mushy stool, then it is advisable for you to look for a drainable pouch with an opening located at the bottom. On the other hand, if your stool is difficult to squeeze out, choose a closed pouch that is thrown out after every use. You need to be familiar with the right way of applying it to avoid tape burn.

WHAT IS AN OSTOMY?

Why Ostomy is Different from a Wound

People often mistake ostomy for a wound when in fact, they are not the same at all. A wound is an injury usually involving membrane breaking and tissue damage. At the same time, an ostomy is done to create an artificial passage for the body waste. The surgery to create an ostomy involves redesigning the body so that waste can pass through an opening called the stoma.
Ostomy specialists and care associates play a very important role in providing support to patients before and after they undergo surgery. Not only do they provide professional advice, but they also assist patients in finding the right products like wafers for their body…