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Cleaning wounds: saline water trumps soap and water

Many scientific advances have been made in the delivery of care and infection prevention for open fractures, but the standard practice of wound cleaning with soap and water before surgery has remained unchanged.
Tue, 2015-12-15 11:40

Now, an international team of researchers led by McMaster University in collaboration with the Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre has found that soap and water is actually less effective than just using saline water.

The findings, which were published in the New England Journal of Medicine, could lead to significant cost savings, particularly in developing countries where open fractures are particularly common.

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Contact: Veronica McGuire
Organization: Media Relations - Faculty of Health Sciences - McMaster University
Office Phone: 905-525-9140, ext. 22169

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Contact: Julie Robert
Organization: Public Affairs & Strategic planning - McGill University Health Centre
Office Phone: 514-934-1934, ext. 71381
Source Site: /newsroom

McGill expert : WHO's report on Antibiotic resistance

Wed, 2014-04-30 11:54

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Contact: Raphaël Larocque-Cyr
Organization: Media Relations Office
Office Phone: 514-398-6693
Source Site: /newsroom