Sanguinous exudate is fresh bleeding, seen in deep partial-thickness and full-thickness wounds.A small amount may be normal during the inflammatory stage, but we don’t want to see blood in the wound exudate, as this may indicate trauma to the wound bed.Next we have the famous serosanguineous exudate, which is thin, watery, and pale red to pink in color.It seems to be everyone’s favorite type of drainage to document, but unfortunately, it’s not what we want to see in a wound. So what types of drainage do you see being documented? Are you really seeing drainage that indicates trauma to the wound bed, or is the drainage type mislabeled?Responsibility for final decisions and actions related to care of specific patients shall remain the obligation of the institution, its staff, and the patients’ attending physicians.Nothing in this information shall be deemed to constitute the providing of medical care or the diagnosis of any medical condition.The pink tinge, which comes from red blood cells, indicates damage to the capillaries with dressing changes. Are you rethinking the need for a contact layer on the wound bed now?
They usually look greyish-white or yellowish and are circular or ovoid in shape.
An exudate is any fluid that filters from the circulatory system into lesions or areas of inflammation. When an injury occurs, leaving skin exposed, it leaks out of the blood vessels and into nearby tissues.
The fluid is composed of serum, fibrin, and white blood cells.
Let’s look at the types of exudates commonly seen with wounds. It’s normal during the inflammatory stage of wound healing and smaller amounts is considered normal wound drainage.
However, a moderate to heavy amount may indicate a high bioburden.BY: NANCY MORGAN, RN, BSN, MBA, WOCN, WCC, CWCMS, DWC What exactly is wound exudate?