The Impact Of Using Infusion Fluids That Have Expired?
Good morning, I want to ask. Can used intravenous fluids / levels of fluids be used in wound care? Thank you
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One of the wound care can be done by using intravenous fluids (NaCl). By its sterile nature, this infusion solution can help prevent wound contamination by harmful microorganisms. This liquid can also help remove dirt and dead skin cells in the wound, thereby speeding up the healing process.
Expired infusion fluids have the potential to be contaminated by feces and microorganisms that cause infection. Therefore, if you have used this expired liquid to clean the wound, the potential for a secondary infection will be greater. Secondary infections of these wounds can be characterized by wounds that are always wet, runny, festering, swollen, reddish, painful, widespread, and can even cause the sufferer to experience fever and chills. Wounds that have a secondary infection will tend to be more difficult to treat than the original wound.
Therefore, you should not use any of these outdated IV fluids, including those for cleaning wounds. Buy new IV fluids to clean your wounds. Or, if it is not available, it is safer if you use an antiseptic solution (povidone iodine) as an alternative to cleaning wounds.
That's all our explanation. For more details, please consult directly with your doctor or surgeon.
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