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Johns Hopkins Health - Common-Sense Wound Care Is Key to Healing

Summer 2011
Issue No. 13

Common-Sense Wound Care Is Key to Healing

Date: July 22, 2011

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As usual, your mother was right. Prompt, careful cleaning of children’s skin wounds may be more important than the use of antibiotics.

A new Johns Hopkins Children’s Center study looked at two antibiotics used to treat staph skin infections. According to the researchers, 95 percent of the children in the study recovered in a week, regardless of the antibiotic they were prescribed.

“It seems that good, low-tech wound care, cleaning, draining and keeping the infected area clean, is what truly makes the difference,” says study lead investigator Aaron Chen, M.D., an emergency physician at Johns Hopkins.

For more information, appointments or consultations, call 877-546-1872 or visit hopkinschildrens.org.

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