eWellness: Wound Hygiene


Dr KK Aggarwal    26 March 2018

  1. Irrigation is the most important thing for reducing bacterial impact.
  2. Irrigation with warm normal saline or simple running tap water should be urgently done in every wound.
  3. Add dilute iodine or any aseptic solution if required.
  4. Irrigation can be low pressure or high pressure. At home low pressure injection is sufficient which can be done using any of the infant milk bottle.
  5. If there is a burn, irrigation should be done continuously till the burning disappears.
  6. In case there is a foreign body with irritation, continuous irrigation should be done till burning disappears.
  7. Do not forget to wash your hands with soap and water before cleaning the wound and wear medical gloves, if available.
  8. It is good idea to let the injured person clear his or her own wounds, if possible.
  9. Rinsing of the wounds should be done for at least 5–10 minutes.
  10. Cool water may feel better than warm water on the wound.
  11. If there is a mild bleeding, clean the wound first and then stop the bleeding.
  12. Moderate scrubbing can be done if the wound is very dirty.
  13. If there are foreign bodies or objects, remove them using a clear tweezers. Do not push the tweezers, deeply into the wound.
  14. Apply dressing and bandage to the wound as the need may be.

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