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Circumcision: Postprocedure Care


  1. Perform hand hygiene and apply clean gloves.
  2. Verify the patient's identity using two patient identifiers in accordance with institutional policy.
  3. Expose the penis.
  4. Inspect the circumcision area.
  5. Assess for redness, edema, and unusual drainage.
  6. Assess the circumcision site for excessive bleeding.
  7. If the PlastiBell® method has been used, assess the site for the presence and placement of the ring.
  8. Assess the site for the presence of a suture.
  9. Clean the circumcision site, using soap and water.
  10. Rinse and dry the circumcision area.
  11. If a PlastiBel® ring has been used, reapply the diaper.
  12. If a PlastiBell® ring was not used, apply petroleum jelly, gauze, or both to the circumcision site per institutional policy and/or practitioner preference. Reapply the diaper loosely.
  13. Remove gloves and discard with supplies in the proper trash receptacles. Perform hand hygiene.
  14. Document the procedure in the patient's record.


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