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Bandage Change

If the bandage becomes wet or dirty, replace it. Otherwise, leave it in place for the first 24 hours. Then once a day:

  • After removing the bandage, wash the area with soap and water. Use a wet cotton swab to loosen and remove any blood or crust that forms on the wound.

  • After cleaning, apply a thin layer of antibiotic ointment or cream. Reapply the bandage.

  • You may shower as usual after the first 24 hours. If the bandage is on an arm or leg, cover it with a plastic bag rubber banded at both ends before showering.

  • No tub baths or swimming until the bandage is removed and the wound healed (at least 7 days).

 

 
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