Lesson 5: Importance of Patient Education

Patients who are not trained on how to properly care for their wounds may experience issues throughout the healing process or may even exacerbate the condition of their wound.
Showering rather than bathing is preferred in individuals with wounds because soaking a wound increases the risk of infection and maceration in the wound. Even showering may not be recommended for some wounds for a period of time; in the case of surgical wounds, physicians typically urge patients to wait two to three days before showering.


Education provided to wound patients throughout their healing journey will have an impact on how they feel about their care, will have an impact on their adherence to wound care, and will eventually result in better healing outcomes. They become more engaged and hence more effective learners when patients and their families or caregivers are involved in their care and given the opportunity to ask questions.

Communicating with your patient is essential to providing them with the best possible care in the long run. Talk and listen to your patient to have a better understanding of their requirements and to assist you in creating an effective treatment plan. Occasionally, your patient will provide you with the answer you are seeking for.