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diesel10
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Hi Everyone

 

We use alcohol free wipes to clean wounds on children if they have fallen in the garden and grazed themselves.

A member of staff has just been on a first aid course and keeps telling staff not to use them, just use a tissue and water.

I feel that a dirty wound needs to be cleaned properly, especially if they are staying all day.

 

Does anyone else use them? or know that I shouldn't.

 

Many Thanks

 

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Water and gauze for us too.

 

I am being driven up the wall by advice from our recent first aid course saying that any cut or graze should be covered by a plaster because it's an open wound and therefore at risk of infection. What do children do but peel the plaster back to see what's happening, plaster loses its stick, falls off then they need another one which they peel back, loses it's stick...

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well im going to buck the trend here! we use wipes all the time ....single use, throw away, individually wrapped...but then i have to stab a child every day for blood so just makes it easier for us!!!! They are in all our first aid kits and go with us everywhere....you can even carry them around in your pocket so accidents can be dealt with on the spot...i'm rather fond of them! ^_^

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We were advised that all wounds should be flushed out with water, either tap or the litre bottle that is now advised to be carried everywhere if you are away from the setting, wipes should not be used....

 

3 days first aid training March 2014...exhausting

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Non alcohol wipes are okay to use , sterile gauze is difficult to purchase as single wraps therefore large majority are wasted as not sterile once opened. Stick with what you do already , just remember to wear gloves ! Large gaping wounds can be flushed with sterile water , it seems every training provider has different ideas adding to us doubting ourselves.

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