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Minnesota State University, Mankato

Minnesota State University, Mankato
Student Health Services

Wound Care

Page address: https://www.mnsu.edu/shs/woundcare.html

Keep wound and dressings dry and clean. To remove old blood or drainage use mild soap and pat gently, rinse with water.

Do Not Rub.

Make an appointment to be seen if you notice any of the following:

  • Increasing tenderness or redness
  • Increasing swelling
  • Pus draining from the wound
  • Do not keep moist bandages over sutures or wounds.
  • If steri–strips were used instead of stitches, keep them as dry as possible. Let the strips loosen on their own. Do not remove. They will loosen in 5 to 7 days. If the strips loosen before the wound looks healed, make an appointment to be seen.