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Review: infection rates do not differ for wounds cleansed with water or saline

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R Fernandez

Dr R Fernandez, Centre for Applied Nursing Research, Liverpool, New South Wales, Australia;


How does water compare with other solutions for cleansing wounds?


Included studies compared water with other solutions for cleansing acute or chronic wounds or with no cleansing and reported objective outcome measures. Studies assessing cleansing solutions as part of dental procedures, prophylaxis, preoperative or operative procedures, and those of patients with burns or ulcers were excluded. Outcomes included wound infection and healing.


Medline, CINAHL, and EMBASE/Excerpta Medica (all to 2007); Cochrane Wounds Group Specialised Register; Cochrane Controlled Trials Register (Issue 3, 2007); 2 other databases; and reference lists were searched …

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