CORD CARE

CORD CARE – Purpose, General Instruction, Equipment Needed, Procedure and After Care (COMMUNITY HEALTH NURSING)

Cord care is cleaning the umbilical cord and applying medicine to prevent occurrence of infection in umbilical region

PURPOSE

  • To keep the umbilical cord clean and dry
  • To prevent infection
  • To promote wound healing

GENERAL INSTRUCTION

  • Use aseptic techniques
  • Never touch the cord with bare hands
  • Use appropriate antimicrobial agent for cord
  • Never pull the umbilical cord
  • Check the baby’s umbilical cord for infection

EQUIPMENT NEEDED

A sterile tray containing:

  • Cotton swabs and gauze
  • Methylated spirit or mercurochrome
  • Artery forceps
  • Dissecting forceps
  • Small bowl to receive solutions
  • K-basin (small) and paper bag

PROCEDURE

  • Wash hands thoroughly with soap and water
  • Assess the cord for signs of infection and skin color
  • Pour the antimicrobial agent in small bowl
  • Clean the cord from central to the periphery
  • Repeat the procedure until it is cleaned
  • Discard the cotton swab in a paper bag

AFTER CARE

  • Place the baby in a comfortable position
  • Advise the mother to avoid the movement of the cord
  • Assess the cord for any bleeding
  • Wash hands with soap and water
  • Clean, sterilize and replace articles
  • Record the procedure and observations made
CORD CARE – Purpose, General Instruction, Equipment Needed, Procedure and After Care (COMMUNITY HEALTH NURSING)
CORD CARE – Purpose, General Instruction, Equipment Needed, Procedure and After Care (COMMUNITY HEALTH NURSING)

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