Do it yourself wound care: solutions

by nadine on September 17, 2011

Wound care is a challenge everywhere.  When you don’t have access to solutions useful for dressings, you can make your own.  Here are some “recipes”.

Make your own solutions for dressings, for cleansing wounds.

Saline solution:

Boil a liter of water for 15 min in a covered pot.

Add 1 tsp (5ml) of table salt or cooking salt to this solution.

Allow to cool, then store in a container with a well fitting lid.

Please note:  this solution should NOT TO BE USED AS AN EYEWASH SOLUTION

 

Dakin’s solution (dilute sodium hypochlorite solution)

Prepare a liter of saline solution (as described above).  Then…

…for ¼ strength solution:

add 1.5Tablespoons of Clorox (Sodium hypochlorite solution 5.25% or similar plain household liquid bleach).

…for ½  strength solution:

add 3 Tablespoons of Clorox (Sodium hypochlorite solution 5.25% or similar plain household liquid bleach).


The container should be protected from light by wrapping it in aluminum foil.

 

Once opened, these solutions should only be used for a few days.

 

Alternate dakin’s recipe, from Ohio State University Medical Center

http://www.survival-spot.com/survival-blog/make-your-own-antiseptic/

Boil 1 Liter of water in covered pot for 15 minutes

Then add ½ tsp baking soda

For ¼ strength solution: 1T + 2 tsp Clorox

For ½ strength solutions:  3T + ½ tsp Clorox

Transfer to sterile jar, cover tightly and protect from light.

 

 

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