An Evidence Based Approach to Wound Irrigation

  • Tap water is equally efficacious as saline for routine wound irrigation in uncomplicated wounds and immunocompetent patients.
  • Ideal irrigation pressure can be achieved using a tap faucet; avoid IV bags and bottles.
  • Very little data exist regarding ideal volumes of irrigation – texts recommend 60 cc/cm.


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