Post Surgery Care
Expicare, a leader in South Florida home health care, has the appropriate personnel to help you and your loved ones with a variety of medical and non-medical post-surgery needs. Our highly qualified registered nurses, licensed practical nurses and certified nursing assistances are available for at home care as well as travelling care.
We provide post-surgery assistance services from as little as one hour a day to 24/7 around the clock care based upon the needs of the client. At Expicare Nursing, each and every situation is handled with exceptional care.
We Provide Post Surgery Care For:
- All General Surgery
- Trauma Related Surgery
- Eye Surgery
- Cancer Treatment
- Dental Surgery
- Plastic Surgery
- Minor Procedures and Much More
Post-surgery Care Includes:
- Medication Pours
- Medication Management
- Daily Assessments and Observation
- Pre and Post Operative Care
- Wound Care/Dressing Changes
- Tube Feedings
- Diabetic Care/Insulin Injections
- IV Therapy/Lab Draws
- Cardiac Assessment and Intervention
- Pulmonary Care/Oxygen Therapy and Lung Sound Assessments
- Catheter Insertion and Care
- And much more!!!
Post-Surgery Wound Care
As you can see, our qualified nurses and nursing assistants at Expicare are knowledgeable in various forms of post-surgery care. One of the primary concerns post-surgery is keeping wounds and surgery sites clean. Our staff may talk with family members and patients about the following:
Chronic Wounds Need Attention
Elderly people can develop chronic wounds after surgery for several different reasons. Chronic wounds are wounds that don’t heal, heal slowly or recur after healing. Whether they’re caused by diabetic ulcers or being immobile, these wounds need to be cared for and monitored extra carefully.
Factors That Can Delay Wound Healing
If your elderly parent has developed a chronic wound, it needs to heal as quickly as possible. However, there are certain barriers that can slow down the healing process, including poor diet, medications, dryness, and medical conditions. If your parent has certain medical conditions, like diabetes, it can restrict blood flow to the wound area and delay healing.
In order for a wound to properly heal, it’s important for your parent to eat nutritious foods, like fruits, vegetables, whole grains and healthy fats. If your parent doesn’t eat healthy foods, it can deprive their body of the right nutrients.
Unfortunately, the medications your parent needs to manage health conditions may interfere with the wound healing process post-surgery. If this is the case, you should ask your parent’s doctor about alternative medications.
Wounds that are exposed to the air may have a harder time healing because they could get dry. Skin cells require a moist environment to heal. It’s a good idea to cover up your parent’s wound whenever they go outside and to put a humidifier in the house to increase moisture in the air. An Expicare nurse or nursing assistant can visit your loved one regularly to ensure wounds aren’t getting too dry.
Tips for Treating Chronic Wounds
There are several things an at-home nursing professional at Expicare Nursing can do to speed up the healing process for your parent’s wound after surgery, including:
- Dress the wound to promote healing and prevent infection. In most cases, wound dressing should be done daily every day.
- Treat pain with over-the-counter pain relievers. If the patient is in too much pain from the wound, it can constrict blood vessels, slowing down healing.
- Serve foods that contain vitamin C, like oranges, strawberries and kiwis. This vitamin can help the body produce collagen and prevent infection.
- Encourage mild exercise if possible. Light exercises, like walking, can increase blood flow to the wound, speeding up wound healing.
- Manage chronic health conditions. For example, if the patient has diabetes, an Expicare nurse or nursing assistant can make sure they keep their blood sugar levels in check. Otherwise, it could delay wound healing.
- Review prescription medications. If your parent is currently taking medication that delays wound healing, such as steroids, you may want to ask their doctor if there’s another medication they can take instead.
Hiring an At-Home Health Nurse
If you’re unable to assist your parent with wound care, consider hiring an at-home health nurse from Expicare Nursing. Our nursing professionals can come to your loved one’s home every day to dress the wound and make sure that it’s healing properly. If the home nurse notices alarming symptoms, like bleeding or discharge from the wound, they can notify you and a doctor immediately. Please contact us today to schedule an interview with a qualified at-home nurse or nursing assistant from Expicare.