Keeping wound dressings sterile during home visits

APPLYING wound dressings during a home visit calls for invention when it comes to trying to keep things relatively sterile.

My personal preference is the remove the used tissues, food scraps and dentures from the bedside table before using it as a dressing station.

Dr Boris Mzhov from Morwell, Vic, reminds us that in every doctor’s bag lives a sterile ‘spatula’ for spreading creams and ointments over wounds when we come unprepared.

Simply open a sterile needle packet and use the plastic sheath with the needle still inside.