Daily dressings are often required when small areas of the burn are unhealed and start to raise above the level of the skin. Daily dressings allow the patient to have a shower or bath at home every day. Dressing supplies will be provided to you by the Burns Unit nursing staff.
How to do the dressing
- Remove dressing using remove wipes supplied or by rubbing oil into dressing and allow to stand for five minutes.
- Place child in bath or shower and remove dressing in the water.
- Wash the wound well with a soap-free wash (such as QV Gentle Wash) and a cloth. Please make sure that you remove any dry skin that might be building up on the edges of the wound
- Once washed, towel dry. DO NOT rub wound, just pat dry
- When wound is dry, pour a small amount of Betadine onto a cotton ball and dab over wet, affected areas.
- Allow the Betadine to dry for two to three minutes.
- While Betadine is drying, cut pieces of Mepitel and Melolite to cover the wound.
- Remove plastic from one side of Mepitel and place the sticky side to either side of the Melolite.
- When Betadine is dried, remove the other side of the plastic from the Mepitel and place the combined dressing, sticky side down, over the wound. There should be no writing left on the dressing before applying to wound.
- If you have been given pre-made dressings, make sure you remove the plastic from the dressings before applying sticky side down to wound. There should be no writing left on the dressing before applying to wound
- Apply Hypafix tape over the whole of the dressing to ensure it is well taped down
- Repeat this dressing daily.
By applying these dressings daily, you should notice that the wound not only gets flatter but should get smaller in size. Burns Unit nursing staff will continue to review the dressing weekly, however, if you have any concerns prior to your appointment, please contact the Burns unit on the number below
Burns Outpatients Unit (5e)
Level 5, Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital, 501 Stanley Street, South Brisbane
t: 07 3068 2830
t: 07 3068 1111 (general enquiries)
In an emergency, always call 000.
If it’s not an emergency but you have any concerns, contact 13 Health (13 43 2584). Qualified staff will give you advice on who to talk to and how quickly you should do it. You can phone 24 hours a day, seven days a week.