Autografting is a surgical procedure in which healthy skin is taken from one part of the body and used to cover a wound in another part of the body. Autografting is commonly used to treat burns, ulcers, and traumatic injuries.
Discharge Instructions for Autografting
When a client is discharged from the hospital after autografting, the nurse will provide them with discharge instructions. The discharge instructions will cover the following topics:
- Incision care: The nurse will instruct the client on how to care for their incision. The client will need to keep the incision clean and dry and avoid getting it wet. The client may also need to apply dressings or bandages to the incision.
- Pain management: The nurse will prescribe pain medication to the client to help manage their pain. The nurse will also instruct the client on how to take the pain medication safely and effectively.
- Activity restrictions: The nurse will instruct the client on the activity restrictions that they need to follow. The client may need to avoid certain activities, such as lifting heavy objects or exercising, for a period of time after surgery.
- Follow-up care: The nurse will schedule a follow-up appointment with the client to check on their healing and remove any sutures.
Sample Discharge Instructions
Here is a sample of discharge instructions for autografting:
- Keep the incision clean and dry.
- Avoid getting the incision wet.
- Apply dressings or bandages to the incision as instructed by your doctor or nurse.
- Do not remove the dressings or bandages without first talking to your doctor or nurse.
- Take your pain medication as prescribed by your doctor.
- Do not take more pain medication than prescribed.
- Do not drink alcohol or take any other medications that could interact with your pain medication without first talking to your doctor.
- Avoid lifting heavy objects.
- Avoid exercising.
- Avoid swimming, bathing, or soaking the incision in water for 2-3 weeks.
- You will have a follow-up appointment with your doctor or nurse in 1-2 weeks to check on your healing and remove any sutures.
In addition to the above, the nurse may also provide the client with the following information:
- Signs of infection: The nurse will instruct the client to be on the lookout for signs of infection, such as redness, swelling, heat, and drainage from the incision. If the client experiences any of these signs, they should contact their doctor or nurse immediately.
- Diet and nutrition: The nurse may provide the client with dietary and nutritional recommendations to help promote healing. For example, the nurse may recommend that the client eat a diet that is high in protein and vitamin C.
- Emotional support: The nurse may also provide the client with emotional support. Autografting can be a stressful experience, and the nurse can help the client to cope with the stress and anxiety associated with the surgery.