How effective is tap water for wound cleansing? Evidence Update, Trauma Series, November 2006.
Each Evidence Update is a 2-page summary of a Cochrane Review of healthcare interventions relevant to people in low-income and middle-income countries.
This Evidence Update is adapted from Fernandez R, Griffiths R, Ussia C. Water for wound cleansing. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2002, Issue 4. Art. No.: CD003861. DOI: 10.1002/14651858.CD003861
No harms have been demonstrated with using tap water instead of sterile water or saline, but data are limited.
Effective Health Care Alliance Programme Consortium, Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine, Liverpool, UK, pp.2