Spring 2014 Health Link Online

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First Aid Corner - Washing Cuts and Scrapes

First Aid Corner - Washing Cuts and Scrapes

No Joke, No Soap

Advice about using soap to wash dirty wounds differs among otherwise reliable sources. Some first aid instructions say to wash with soap and water. However, emergency room physicians and surgeons do not use soap to clean dirty wounds unless the dirt is oily. Soap further injures open wound tissues, delaying healing.

In Emergency Rooms, physicians gently wash most wounds with lots of water, and no soap.