A nurse is caring for a patient who has a large wound on his ankle. The wound is creating a significant amount of exudate and the dressing is saturated. Which intervention would the nurse most likely perform that would reduce wound infection in this client?

 

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- Apply an alginate dressing to the wound site as ordered

- Place a transparent dressing over the wound

- Measure the size of the wound on a daily basis

- Suction the exudate with a suction catheter before reapplying the dressing

Rationale

A wound that secretes a significant amount of exudate puts the patient at risk of infection if the wound is not kept clean. The nurse can apply an absorbent dressing to a wound that produces significant exudate in order to manage output and keep the wound bed as clean as possible. A transparent dressing is not used for exudate management and would not protect the wound.

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