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Wound Cleansing: Water or Normal Saline?
Ashtin Plummer
MidAmerican Nazarene University

Wound Cleansing: Water or Normal Saline? Wound cleansing has been discussed about for many years, different solutions and techniques have been discussed to use, and it is an important part of preventing infection. Wound cleansing is described as the use of fluids to remove debris and dead tissue from the surface of the wound. The purpose of wound cleansing is to make the best possible conditions at the wound site, for uncomplicated wound healing. The most commonly used solution would be normal saline due to being an isotonic solution and it does not disrupt with normal healing process of wounds (Ljubic, 2013). Normal saline has just been known as best practice for many years. However, is tap water able to do the same thing as saline without increased risk for infection or delay in wound healing? “Tap water is also said to be effective in wound cleansing and has advantages of being cost effective and easily accessible” (Ljubic, 2013). Wound care is a major service provided in home health care and due to going to patients’ homes, normal saline is not always accessible. Saline is not always accessible due to running out of supply while at a patients’ home. Wounds can also take a decent amount of time to heal so using tap water with these patients may be more cost-effective in the long run, not delay wound healing, and not increase the patients risk for infection.
PICO Question My PICO question asks: Does cleansing wounds with tap water rather than normal saline, cause more or less infection and delay wound healing, as well as, decrease the cost to treat wounds? This question was determined due to the nature of working in home health care and wanting to find out if tap water could be used without increasing risk for infection, while lowering cost for treating…...

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