AmeriGel Wound Cleanser – This Clinically proven first-aid cleanser removes all dirt and bacteria with no burning or stinging. It is gentle and effective drug and preservative free.
4 FL OZ (118 ml)
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Frequently Asked Questions
What are wound cleansers?
Wound cleansers are rinsing solutions used to remove foreign materials on a wound surface and its surrounding skin.
Wound cleansers are a cost-effective means to promote wound healing and reduce the infection rate. However, routine cleansing may also remove products and tissues that are essential for wound healing, such as regenerating epithelium, growth factors, and chemokines.
What Makes a Good Wound Cleanser?
When choosing an ideal wound cleanser, make sure it is:
- nontoxic to viable tissue
- readily available
A good wound cleanser should be effective in the presence of organic material, such as blood, slough, or necrotic tissue. It should also reduce the number of microorganisms that form on the surface of the wound and have a delivery force less than 15 pounds per square inch.
When is wound cleansing necessary and what solution should be used?
This article explains when wound cleansing is appropriate and how to select a cleansing solution. It comes with a self-assessment enabling you to test your knowledge after reading it.
In the absence of slough, visible debris, devitalized tissue or infection in the wound bed, the practice of routinely cleansing a wound during dressing changes is largely ritualistic and may delay healing (Flanagan, 2013). Scrubbing or rigorously cleaning with gauze swabs a granulating wound bed may damage newly forming capillaries and disrupt fragile new tissue growth. The body may perceive this as a new injury and so re-initiate the inflammatory response, thereby delaying the healing process (Edwards-Jones and Flanagan, 2013). As such, it is recommended that wounds are only routinely cleansed at dressing changes if they:
Show signs of infection
Present with slough (which increases the bacterial burden of the wound and makes it more vulnerable to infection)
Are visibly contaminated with fecal material (which increases the risk of infection)
Visibly contain debris, such as grit picked up in a road accident (Wolcott and Fletcher, 2014; Flanagan, 2013)
How should I clean a wound?
If you or your child gets a cut, scrape, or burn, it’s important to clean the wound properly right away to prevent infection. Here’s how to do it in five easy steps.
Step 1. Wash Your Hands
Clean your hands using soap and water or hand sanitizer, then put on disposable gloves, if possible. Do this before you touch your wound or treat someone else’s burn, cut, or scrape. Clean, covered hands help prevent infections.
Step 2. Apply Gentle Pressure
This step applies only if the wound is bleeding. Skip this step for burns.
Use a clean cloth or sterile gauze to gently press on the wound until bleeding stops (small cuts and scrapes may not require pressure). Elevate (raise) the affected part, if possible. If blood oozes through the cloth or gauze, leave the covering on the wound. Place another clean piece on top and continue to apply pressure.
Stitches are usually needed for cuts longer than ½ inch. If you have a cut on your face that’s ¼ inch or longer, a doctor may close it with surgical glue or sutures.
Step 3. Rinse with Water
You don’t need hydrogen peroxide or iodine products to thoroughly clean a simple cut or scrape. Just follow these steps:
Rinse the wound in clear water to loosen and remove dirt and debris.
Use a soft washcloth and mild soap to clean around the wound. Don’t place soap in the wound. That can hurt and cause irritation.
Use tweezers to remove any dirt or debris that still appears after washing. Clean the tweezers first with isopropyl alcohol. Don’t pick at the wound. If the wound can’t be cleaned, call a doctor.
If you have a burn, rinse the area under cool (not cold) water for 10 to 15 minutes. Or, place a cool cloth on the burn for the same length of time. See your doctor if any large blisters form. Go to the emergency room right away if you have any major burns.