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Surgical Wound Care

Contributed on July 4, 2022, last updated September 6, 2023.



Marian Luctkar-Flude, Queen’s University

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This virtual simulation game focuses on a series of healthcare encounters with a patient who has had an emergency hip arthroplasty. The scenario progresses from a simple wound to a complex wound. First, we see the patient in the hospital prior to discharge. The nurse completes a dressing change and wound assessment and notes the staples are intact with some serosanguinous drainage. The nurse provides discharge instructions and answers the patient’s questions. Next the patient is seen by a homecare nurse who notes the incision has opened at midline and is draining seropurulent drainage. And finally, we see the patient back in the hospital. The surgeon has opened the wound and the nurse completes an assessment and dresses the wound.

Learning Objectives:

Identify patient risk factors for development of post-operative wound complications to inform clinical decision making

Perform assessment of a surgical wound to identify signs of infection

Provide evidence informed management of a surgical wound to support optimal healing

Provide appropriate patient education related to care of a surgical wound to support optimal healing

Practice patient centered care throughout wound care assessment and management to provide culturally safe care

Simulation Modality:

Virtual gaming simulation / virtual patient


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Luctkar-Flude M. Surgical Wound Care. Simulation resource published by Simulation Canada; 2022. Available from

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Undergraduate / post-secondary

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