During your hospital stay (Video transcript)
Before commencing any medical procedure, your clinical team will confirm with you your identity, the procedure you are having and the site on your body at which the procedure is being performed. Following surgery, it's important to take good care of yourself to give yourself the best chance of a quick recovery.
Minimise your risk of a fall after surgery by wearing appropriate clothing and footwear, getting up slowly after sitting or lying down, having glasses and walking aids within easy reach, drinking plenty of fluids and familiarising yourself with your surroundings.
Pressure injuries can be a nasty post-surgery complication and can develop quickly if any part of the body is subject to constant and unrelieved pressure. Pressure injuries can blister, break and become ulcerated. They can also be painful, take a long time to heal and hamper your movement. You can take steps to minimise your risk of developing pressure injuries, including maintaining good posture when sitting, changing body position often when lying in bed, using special equipment to alleviate pressure, checking your skin regularly for signs of redness or blistering, using only mild soap when bathing and moisturising your skin well. You may be given special dressings to protect existing or potential pressure areas.
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