Mini Pads Protect Against Rectal Post-op Bleeding

April 1, 2005

Instead of recommending that patients use gauze to protect their underwear after rectal surgery, tell them to try self-adhering feminine hygiene mini pads.

Instead of recommending that patients use gauze to protect their underwear after rectal surgery, tell them to try self-adhering feminine hygiene mini pads. Gauze is bulky and tends to slip around. In addition, blood-soaked gauze can increase the risk of infection to the incisional area. Self-adhering mini pads not only stay in place, but they also keep moisture away from the wound by capturing the blood in the absorbent inner layer.

Note that the pads may also be used after cystoscopy and prostate surgery (once the catheter has been removed).

- Sheryl Stone Clay, RN, BSN, BA
   Mason, Ohio

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