This handout will help you prepare for your burn clinic visits.
What to Bring
A list of your medicines (include any that have been ordered by other providers)
List of allergies (include any side affects you might have from medicines, such as upset stomach, nausea, diarrhea, etc.)
Supplies for your dressing change (if asked to do so)
How to Prepare
One hour before your clinic visit take the pain medicine as directed for your wound care.
If you are taking narcotic pain medicine, you will need to have someone drive you to and from your clinic visit. Take your narcotic pain medicine with food.
If you have questions/concerns about this, please call the burn/wound clinic:
What to Expect During Your Visit
The current dressing will be removed by a medical assistant or nurse.
The burn/wound will be washed with soap and water.
The provider or RN will assess the wound.
The provider will decide if there are any changes to your dressing.
The medical assistant or nurse will apply the new dressing.
Dressing Changes at Home
You may be taught to change your dressings at home. You will be given supplies to last until your next visit or connected with a disposable medical equipment (DME) provider.
Let staff know how many dressings you have left. We can send more home with you or connect you with a DME provider.
If you are not taught to change your dressings at home, keep them on. Keep your dressings clean and dry. Don’t remove them. Staff will take them off at the next visit.
Who to Call