Contributor: Ricky Dhaliwal, MD
- Multiple RCTs and a Cochrane Review found there is no difference in wound infection rates when irrigating with tap water
- Pressure of the water and how extensively the wound is irrigated were the most important factors affecting infection rates
- Quantity and type of water were independently not as important
Fernandez R, Griffiths R. Water for wound cleansing. Cochrane Database Syst Rev. 2012;(2):CD003861. Published 2012 Feb 15. doi:10.1002/14651858.CD003861.pub3
Lewis K, Pay JL. Wound Irrigation. [Updated 2021 Jun 4]. In: StatPearls [Internet]. Treasure Island (FL): StatPearls Publishing; 2021 Jan-. Available from: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK538522/
Summarized by John Spartz, MS4 | Edited by Erik Verzemnieks, MD
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