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Mary Gracey-White
Excellent overview/review and comment- Thank you
5/5/2016 11:26:28 AM

Diana M Hickey R.N.
I worked for a negative pressure company for 12 years and I would strongly recommend changing the dressing, especially if black foam is being used, no longer than every 3 days. If you have a healthy patient with adequate nutrition the granulation tissue will grow quickly and move into the foam. Allowing this to happen for more than 48 hours can result in difficulty removing the foam and cause unnecessary pain to the patient. If a wide mesh barrier dressing is used, that can prevent adherence. Vaseline gauze should not be placed in the wound bed, unless over exposed bone or vessels, because it will obstruct the flow of negative pressure.
5/4/2016 7:26:42 PM