Tap water safe for wound cleaning

Good old-fashioned tap water is just as effective as sterile saline for irrigating wounds, a study finds.

Cheap and readily available, tap water could save healthcare systems millions but had not been properly studied for this purpose, US researchers wrote Wednesday in BMJ Open.

Their randomised controlled trial showed water was safe and effective for irrigating soft tissue lacerations in the ED, and did not increase wound infection rates

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