warm moist dressing


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warm moist dressing

A dressing that most commonly uses a heated normal saline solution. The sterile towel is unfolded, and the gauze dressing is dropped into it. Then the center of the towel is immersed in solution and wrung out by turning the dry ends in opposite directions. The dressing is applied with sterile forceps directly to the wound. Sometimes a dry sterile towel is used over it to keep the dressing in place. Heat is best maintained by infrared lamp.

CAUTION!

Care must be taken not to burn the patient.
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