PreOp® Patient Ed Dilation and Curettage Surgery





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On the day of your operation, you will be asked to put on a surgical gown.
You may receive a sedative by mouth and
an intravenous line may be put in.
You will then be transferred to the operating table.
To perform a D and C, your doctor needs unobstructed access to your uterus, so your feet will be raised, separated and placed in canvas slings - holding your legs in a position much like that position used during a routine gynecological exam.
To begin, the genital area is swabbed with an antiseptic solution ...
... and sterile towels are draped around until only the vulva is exposed.
Then the surgeon will use a gloved hand to conduct a vaginal examination and will check the size and location of the uterus by pressing on your lower abdomen.
A metal or plastic vaginal speculum is used to gently expand the vagina and allow access to the cervix. Patient Education
Once the cervix is visible, a forcep is used to grasp the front lip of the cervix - causing the uterus to open a little.
Using a blunt-tipped probe, the surgeon carefully measures the length of the uterus and takes a small sample of tissue from the cervical canal.
Next, the surgeon will dilate, or open the cervix, using a series of progressively larger metal rods called dilators.
When the cervix has expanded sufficiently, the doctor will use a spoon-shaped instrument called a curette to gently scrape out the lining of the uterus. In some cases, surge
When the entire lining of the uterus has been removed, the instruments are withdrawn.
The tissue removed will then be sent to a laboratory for analysis.
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PostCare™ Basic Center: Handwashing cmt-411

Handwashing germs lenses sneeze cough blow nose soiled rubbing hands remove jewelry


Germs are present always on your hands and they can be transferred to: * other parts of your own body, * to the family member for whom you are caring * your patient * and to any clean object that you touch.

By washing your hands correctly: this is patient education * you remove germs from your hands. * Handwashing is the single most important way you can prevent infection from occurring and * prevent the spread of infection.

You must carefully wash and dry your hands: for patient education * Before and after each time you care for your family member â?¦ your patient. * Before and after you handle your patient's and your own food and drink. * Before and after you manipulate any contact lenses. * Before you apply and after you remove gloves * After you use the toilet. * After you cough, sneeze or blow your nose. * After contact with anything that could be soiled or have germs on it. * After you pick up any object from the floor * Handwashing takes a minimum of 10-15 seconds, * longer if your hands are soiled. * The longer you wash, the more germs are removed. * The friction generated by rubbing your hands together removes the germs from your skin and * running water can then wash them away * Every time you wash your hands, take your time and don't rush. * Do the handwashing carefully and thoroughly. This is patient education

Use liquid soap from a dispenser. Bar soap holds germs on its surface.
Make sure you have paper towels and a waste receptacle nearby.
Remove all jewelry from your hand except a wedding band and push your watch and sleeves up, away from your hands.
Turn on warm water.
Point your fingers down to prevent water running onto your arms and wet your hands.
Apply soap from the dispenser.
Point your fingers down and rub your hands vigorously together in a circular motion. Star counting seconds at this point.
Intertwine your fingers to clean all surfaces of the fingers.
Rub your fingernails against the palm of the other hand to get soap under the tips of the nails. If your nails are soiled, clean under them with an orange stick or brush.
Keep your hands down and continue to rub them together in a circular motion until the end of your count for 15 seconds.
Keep your hands down and rinse them from the wrist to fingertips.
Pick up a clean paper towel and turn off the water, still keeping your hands pointing down.
Discard the paper towel into a waste receptacle
Pick up another clean paper towel and carefully and completely dry your hands.
Discard the paper towel into a waste receptacle.
The key points to remember are: for this patient education * that friction is critical for removing germs * and the friction should be applied for at least 15 seconds. * Always keep your fingers pointed down * and turn off the water with a paper towel.

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