What is the goal of wound cleansing in patients with pressure injuries (pressure ulcers)?

Updated: Mar 26, 2020
  • Author: Christian N Kirman, MD; Chief Editor: John Geibel, MD, MSc, DSc, AGAF  more...
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The major purpose of cleansing the wound is to decrease its bioburden and facilitate healing. [76, 127] When no germicidal action is required, normal saline is used. Saline solution should also be used as a rinse after other solutions are used to irrigate the wound and minimize fluid shifts within newly forming tissue. Normal saline solution can reduce the drying effects that some irrigants may have on tissue. [76, 129]


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