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Summary wound cleaning

Ross Hofmeyr wildmedic at gmail.com
Wed Aug 31 07:50:02 BST 2011

Hi Charles,

There is a nice paper out there on field wound cleaning, comparing
various antiseptics with saline and tap water. As I recall, there was
no statistically significant advantage to any of the above, but
numerically the tap water fared best, and the hypothesis is that
people took more care and time when using plain water. Hence, in the
words of a mentor, "The solution to the pollution is dilution!"

The paper concluded that Wilderness And Tactical Environmental Rinse
with Special Operations Antiseptic Preparation (WATER with SOAP) was

On your second point - I did some experiment in the deep south. I'll
enlighten when you ask ;)

Dr Ross Hofmeyr
wildmedic at gmail.com
ross at wildmedix.com
+2784 54 99259

Sent whilst mobile - please excuse errors!

On 31 Aug 2011, at 8:02, Charles Brault <c_brault at yahoo.com> wrote:

> Apologies for discussing the somewhat too obvious
> In the Pre-Hosp context :
> A good stategy for a rough cleaning of the wound before bandaging
> It is totally desirable to apply a saline "jet" cleansing
> Often use eye wash bottles (with the "jet" nozzles)
> But one can also spike a Saline bag  with a needle and do the same
> Taking into account Volume (lot's of) and strength of stream
> What size needle do you guys prefer ?
> This said
> For a thorough wound cleaning
> You have to go the syringe route
> What preference needle gauge ?
> You stick to needles ?
> Or a plastic veno-cath is preferred ?
> Charles (On an inquiry mode)
> After that we'll discuss how fast IV lines freeze at minus 20
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