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Bandage Change

Medically reviewed by Last updated on Jan 5, 2023.

What do I need to know about a bandage change?

Change your bandage when it gets wet or dirty, or as directed. Wash your hands before and after you change your bandage. A bandage protects your wound so it can heal. It will soak up any fluid that is coming from your wound. A bandage also puts pressure on your wound to reduce pain.

How do I change my bandage?

  • Loosen the tape slowly.
  • Gently remove the old or dirty bandage. Place it in a plastic bag.
  • Apply a clean bandage. Use medical tape to secure the bandage, if needed.
  • Place any trash in the plastic bag with the old or dirty bandage. Throw the bag away.

When should I contact my healthcare provider?

  • You have a fever.
  • Your wound is bleeding more than expected.
  • You have increased pain in your wound area.
  • Your wound is red, swollen, or draining pus.
  • You see red streaks on your skin starting at your wound and moving outward.
  • Your wound looks like it is getting bigger or deeper.
  • You have questions or concerns about your condition or care.

Care Agreement

You have the right to help plan your care. Learn about your health condition and how it may be treated. Discuss treatment options with your healthcare providers to decide what care you want to receive. You always have the right to refuse treatment. The above information is an educational aid only. It is not intended as medical advice for individual conditions or treatments. Talk to your doctor, nurse or pharmacist before following any medical regimen to see if it is safe and effective for you.

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