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Tap water is as good as sterile saline to irrigate simple lacerations

BMJ 2003; 327 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.327.7411.0-f (Published 14 August 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;327:0-f

Question Is irrigation with tap water an effective way to clean simple lacerations before suturing?

Synopsis Children aged 1 to 17 years presenting to a paediatric emergency department with simple lacerations were allocated on alternate days (non-randomised controlled trial) to wound irrigation with tap water (n = 259) or usual sterile saline solution (n = 271). Patients were excluded if they had wounds involving fractures, …

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