The general principle is that wound dressings should be changed as often as needed for removal of exudate, inspection, and general cleaning. That said, there is great variety in the need for dressing changes. A routine change in 24 h serves several purposes: removal of most of the exudate and inspection for bleeding and early signs of infection. The wound should be dressed again, often with a simpler bandage than was initially required. Thereafter, dressing changes depend on the rate of wound healing, the continued presence of exudate, and the patient's ability to keep the area clean.
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