Canis ISSN: 2398-2942

Wound: lavage

Contributor(s): Larry Booth, Alasdair Hotston Moore, Rachel Murray

Introduction

  • Controlled pressure irrigation of wounds reduces contamination by overcoming bacterial adhesion and physically dislodging dirt and debris.

Uses

  • Traumatic open wounds.
  • Clean-contaminated, contaminated or dirty surgical wounds.

Advantages

  • 80% of soil infection-potentiating factors removed with 10-15 psi.

Requirements

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Procedure

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Aftercare

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Further Reading

Publications

Refereed papers

Other sources of information

  • Manual of Canine and Feline Wound Management and Reconstruction. (1999) Eds D Fowler and J M Williams. Cheltenham, British Small Animal Veterinary Association.
  • Small Animal Wound Management. 2nd edn. (1997) Eds S F Swaim and R A Henderson. Baltimore, Williams and Wilkinson.


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