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WoundSource Practice Accelerator: Surgical Wounds
 
Test your knowledge based on your learning from the materials provided in the WoundSource Practice Accelerator program on Surgical Wounds

Advances in technology and surgical techniques have eliminated the need for larger surgical incisions.
True
False
The financial impact of surgical site infections (SSIs) in the United States can be equated to approximately:
$35,000 per incident
$35,000 per month
$10 million per year
During an assessment of a patient with primarily closed surgical incision on post-operative day five, which of the following could represent development of SSI?
Erythema of wound margins
Increasing exudate
Periwound edema
Six out of ten pain rating
Which of the following is an extrinsic risk factor for development of SSI?
Emergency nature of surgery
Diabetes
Tobacco use
Malnutrition
Which time frame is most typical for duration of initial surgical wound dressing?
12-24 hours
24-28 hours
48-72 hours
Which of the following is an example of a class I/clean surgical wound?
Appendectomy
Splenectomy
Anal fistula repair
Tonsillectomy
Which of the following wounds will heal by secondary intention?
Incision and drainage
Abdominal incision without gross contamination
Laceration from clean kitchen knife
Skin biopsy
Utilizing non-adherent dressings and warming wound cleansing solution are strategies intended to:
Reduce surgical incision-related pain
Decrease risk for SSI
Decrease risk for wound dehiscence
Reduce incision healing time
Which of the following should occur around post-operative day three?
Incision seals via epidermal resurfacing
Dressings are removed and incision is left open to air
Staples and/or sutures are removed
Dressings applied to primarily closed surgical incisions should:
Contain topical antibiotics
Apply pressure to the incision line
Repel exudate
Act as a barrier to trauma
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