Trauma Generic

  • DISCHARGE INSTRUCTIONS

    Pain control

    Give medications as required for pain (paracetamol and ibuprofen are available from pharmacies without prescription).

    Dressings

    Keep the dressings clean, dry and intact. Keep the injured part elevated as much as possible and encourage quiet activities to allow the area time to heal.

    What to expect

    The wound that was repaired will have a scar. Every effort is made to minimise scarring and achieve the best cosmetic result. You will be given instructions at your review appointment on what to do to prevent poor healing and bad scarring. This may include the use of tapes or massage with sorbolene cream or aloe vera. Avoid exposing scars to sun for at least 12 months and always use a strong sunscreen if sun exposure is unavoidable.

    Seek medical attention if your child has:

    • Increasing pain or pain not relieved by medication
    • Persistent fever
    • General unwellness
    • Colour changes (white, blue, purple) or swelling to the fingers or toes
    • Persistent pins and needles or numbness
    • Wound discharge or increasing redness

    Follow up

    Your follow up appointment will be at one of the following:

    • Plastic Surgery Outpatients (Registrar Clinic), Blue Desk, Ground Floor Royal Children's Hospital (morning appointment)
    • Consultant Clinic 
    • Consultant Private Rooms 
    • Local doctor

    If you are unable to keep your appointment please call to reschedule.

    If you have any concerns contact:

    Plastic & Maxillofacial Surgery Office - 9345 5391
    Outpatient appointments - 9345 6180
    Plastic Surgery Resident or Registrar - via switchboard on 9345 5522