Let’s say you have just been discharged from the hospital. It is a sign of relief since the doctors are willing to letting you go since they believe you are out of danger. But you still have a long way to go since you are in no way, shape, or form near being fully functional. Perhaps you have a cast on your limb, a bandage on your skin, or something more severe like a burn. So how do you take care of that wound while you are at home? Here are a few straightforward ways to ensure wound care management at home is done as it should.

Follow doctors orders 

Once you leave the hospital, the attending doctor or physician will hand you or your caregiver a list of instructions to follow. These directions must be followed to the latter. The type of orders lie within the general instructions like taking medication, do’s, and don’ts, then there are the more specific ones special to the kind of wound. Follow all.

Avoid touching or scratching the wound 

Indeed you may get the urge to scratch or disturb your wound, and this is very common. For instance, take someone with a healing wound with a scab; one may be tempted to remove that hard covering, but should not. That hard covering is shielding bacteria and other harmful pathogens from entering the body. And if you remove it, you are just opening the pathway for these germs to get it. Keep your hands off, even if it feels itchy.

Take medications as prescribed

A wound that has had you on bed rest and immobile could very well be accompanied by lots of painkillers, antibiotics, and other medicines. Make sure that you take the recommended doses. Even if the pain is too much, take the required dosage and wait it out. If it persists, call the doctor and ask for their advice on what to do.

Maintain hygiene 

Being bedridden or immobile is no excuse not to maintain a clean body and environment. As a matter of fact, this is the time to become the cleanest to avoid any infections or other sicknesses coming about. Cleanliness entails changing bandages, patient’s clothing, bedding, and everything around them. The room must be cleaned daily, and the utensils used spic and span. Just imagine how it would be devastating dealing with a stomach bug while you cannot move quickly to and fro the loo! 

Final verdict

Staying in the hospital means one thing- the bill increases. And so if you want to save on a bit, it may be a great idea to heal at home. Firstly, you are in a familiar environment, and secondly, all the services are entirely directed at you. But you and your caregiver must be vigilant to follow the doctor’s directions, avoid interfering with the wound, take medication, and prescribed and stay clean. When you follow those four steps, you will have no issues whatsoever, and you will heal very fast, and before you know it, it will be business as usual.

Cite this article as:
Editorial Staff, "How To Care For An Injury At Home," in Medicalopedia, December 18, 2020, [Permalink: https://www.medicalopedia.org/9468/how-to-care-for-an-injury-at-home/].