One-Two-Three Wound Irrigation

February 1, 2008

To irrigate a contaminated wound quickly, punch 3 holes in the lid of a 500-mL container of normal saline with a 14- or 16-gauge sterile needle. Invert the bottle and squeeze.

 

To irrigate a contaminated wound quickly, punch 3 holes in the lid of a 500-mL container of normal saline with a 14- or 16-gauge sterile needle. Invert the bottle and squeeze. The pressure generated by squeezing the pliable container provides an effective rinse.

-- Anthony Titus, MD
Chapel Hill, NC
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