Holly Hovan MSN, GERO-BC, APRN, CWOCN-AP
Ideally, most wound care professionals may want to prevent surgical wound dehiscence before it occurs. If clinicians prevent dehiscence, the healing process and, subsequently, the patient's ability to return to normal daily activities is typically quicker. Some methods to prevent surgical wound dehiscence include supporting the abdomen when coughing, sneezing, or moving around/sitting up in bed, avoiding strain or pressure to the wound area (heavy lifting, exercise, coughing, constipation/straining with bowel movements), and maintaining a good diet and good oral intake to prevent dehydration. It is essential to practice good hygiene, keep the wound clean, dry, and intact, and follow the provider's specific instructions on wound care and any prescribed medications.