Is water effective for wound cleansing?

29 Jan

Nov 2012 Annals commentary on Cochrane review

 

BOTTOM LINE:

Yes.

tap water, distilled, cooled boiled water, normal saline solution: no statistically significant difference

 

DATA:

click through to read the review/commentary, but overall, RR (relative risk) of infection for water vs. saline is ~1.0 or less.

 

References: annals commentary, cochrane review, picture.

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