Cleaning wounds with saline or tap water
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Cleaning wounds with saline or tap water

Nicola Trevillion Staff nurse and emergency nurse practitioner, Birmingham Heartlands and Solihull NHS Trust

NICOLA TREVILLION undertook a literature review to find if tap water is as effective as saline for cleaning wounds and now hopes to change practice in her emergency department

In an ever modernising NHS, referring to health- care methods that were used before modern medical supplies were available can seem strange, yet ‘old fashioned’ treatments and practices are often found to be as effective as current ones. One such practice is wound cleaning.

Emergency Nurse. 16, 2, 24-26. doi: 10.7748/en.16.2.24.s16

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