Sorry Not Sorry: Apologizing and Its Effect on Discomfort During Dressing Removal

2017-07-14 09:38:21 | BioPortfolio


Use of dressing is common place following surgery, allowing for wounds to be covered and protected. Dressing material with adhesive contact layers or adhesive tape is integral to sealing off the wound. Mechanical stripping of stratum corneum during dressing removal causes pain and discomfort. During dressing removal, practitioners may at times apologize as a function of empathy. Previous study investigated speed of dressing removal and its effect on discomfort during dressing change. In this study, we aim to investigate how empathy expressed in form of saying "sorry" affect the perception of pain during dressing change?

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Saying "sorry"


London Health Science Centre - Victoria Hospital


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London Health Sciences Centre

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Published on BioPortfolio: 2017-07-14T09:38:21-0400

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Material used for wrapping or binding any part of the body.

Strips of elastic material used to apply pressure to body parts to control EDEMA and aid circulation.

A mild astringent and topical protectant with some antiseptic action. It is also used in bandages, pastes, ointments, dental cements, and as a sunblock.

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Infectious organisms in the BLOOD, of which the predominant medical interest is their contamination of blood-soiled linens, towels, gowns, BANDAGES, other items from individuals in risk categories, NEEDLES and other sharp objects, MEDICAL WASTE and DENTAL WASTE, all of which health workers are exposed to. This concept is differentiated from the clinical conditions of BACTEREMIA; VIREMIA; and FUNGEMIA where the organism is present in the blood of a patient as the result of a natural infectious process.

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