Wound infection Resources

01 August 2021
It can be a bit daunting when you are faced with a complex, chronic wound that is failing to progress. What makes a chronic wound hardto- heal and where do you start with its management? It can also be challenging for patients because the wound may be affecting their quality of life, often causing a high volume of exudate, increased pain or discomfort and malodour (Atkins et al, 2019). This article describes what can make a wound become hard-to-heal and offers guidance on assessment and management and how the use of a collagen wound dressing, Cutimed® Epiona (Essity), can help promote wound healing.
Topics:  Wound infection
03 April 2014

Objective: In Slovenia, community nurses usually use tap water as a cleanser for chronic wounds, but is this the best practice? The purpose of this review is to establish if there is any difference in healing and infection rates when wounds are cleaned with tap water instead of sterile saline.

Method: An electronic literature search using the key words chronic wounds, wound cleansing, tap water and saline was undertaken.
Results: Results showed that there was no increase in infection or in wound healing rates between patients whose wounds were cleaned with tap water or sterile saline. Tap water may be as safe and effective as sterile saline but only when the water comes from the properly treated supply and used at body temperature.

Conclusion: Some evidence suggests that the use of tap water of drinkable quality appears to be a safe alternative to sterile saline, and that there are numerous benefits in its use.

This contribution is part of Master’s Degree undertaken at College of Health Care, Izola. The author is grateful for the support and assistance of Professor Dame June Clark, Swansea University.

Andreja Ljubič RN, University of Primorska, Faculty of Health Sciences Izola, Slovenia and Health Center Postojna, Postojna, Slovenia.

Article accepted for publication: January 2012