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Is tap water a safe alternative to normal saline for wound irrigation in the community setting?

Journal Article


Abstract


  • OBJECTIVE: This double-blind randomised controlled trial compared the effects of tap water and normal saline on the healing and infection rates of acute and chronic wounds. METHOD: The trial was conducted in two metropolitan community health centres in New South Wales, Australia. Thirty-five patients with 49 acute or chronic wounds were randomised to receive wound irrigation with either normal saline or tap water. RESULTS: Statistical analysis demonstrated there was no significant difference between the infection and healing rates in wounds irrigated with normal saline or tap water. CONCLUSION: Although the small sample size is a limitation of this study, the researchers conclude that drinkable tap water appears to provide a safe alternative to normal saline for wound cleansing and may be preferred by some patients.

Publication Date


  • 2001

Citation


  • Griffiths, R. D., Fernandez, R. S., & Ussia, C. A. (2001). Is tap water a safe alternative to normal saline for wound irrigation in the community setting?. Journal of wound care, 10(10), 407-411. doi:10.12968/jowc.2001.10.10.26149

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-0141541690

Web Of Science Accession Number


Start Page


  • 407

End Page


  • 411

Volume


  • 10

Issue


  • 10

Place Of Publication


Abstract


  • OBJECTIVE: This double-blind randomised controlled trial compared the effects of tap water and normal saline on the healing and infection rates of acute and chronic wounds. METHOD: The trial was conducted in two metropolitan community health centres in New South Wales, Australia. Thirty-five patients with 49 acute or chronic wounds were randomised to receive wound irrigation with either normal saline or tap water. RESULTS: Statistical analysis demonstrated there was no significant difference between the infection and healing rates in wounds irrigated with normal saline or tap water. CONCLUSION: Although the small sample size is a limitation of this study, the researchers conclude that drinkable tap water appears to provide a safe alternative to normal saline for wound cleansing and may be preferred by some patients.

Publication Date


  • 2001

Citation


  • Griffiths, R. D., Fernandez, R. S., & Ussia, C. A. (2001). Is tap water a safe alternative to normal saline for wound irrigation in the community setting?. Journal of wound care, 10(10), 407-411. doi:10.12968/jowc.2001.10.10.26149

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-0141541690

Web Of Science Accession Number


Start Page


  • 407

End Page


  • 411

Volume


  • 10

Issue


  • 10

Place Of Publication