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Wound cleansing: the evidence for the techniques and solutions used

Philippa J. Cunliffe, BSc (Hons), RN.Staff Nurse, The Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh, EdinburghFor many centuries wounds have been cleansed, using a variety of methods and solutions, to promote healing (Flanagan, 1997). Since their discovery by Lister in the 19th century, antiseptics have been popular wound-cleansing agents (Lawrence, 1997). However, in recent years their use has been questioned and normal saline (0.9% sodium chloride) has become the favoured alternative.

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