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A simple, effective and cheap device for the safe irrigation of open traumatic wounds
  1. R J G Stevens,
  2. E R Gardner,
  3. S J Lee
  1. Department of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Frenchay Hospital, Bristol, UK
  1. Dr R J G Stevens, Department of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Frenchay Hospital, Frenchay Park Road, Bristol BS16 1LE, UK; rjgs{at}doctors.org.uk

Abstract

This study reports the use of an overturned plastic gallipot from a sterile wound dressing pack as a splashguard during the irrigation of traumatic wounds with a device consisting of a 20 ml syringe and a 21F gauge hypodermic needle. This simple, effective and cheap device can be constructed from items readily available within the emergency department or operating theatre and minimises exposure to biologically hazardous material during wound irrigation.

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  • Competing interests: None.

  • Contributors: RJGS designed and coordinated the study and drafted the paper. ERG coordinated the study and redrafted the paper. SJL supervised the study and redrafted the paper.

  • Patient consent: Obtained.

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