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Acetic Acid or Dakin’s Solution in Wound Care: Am I Doing This Right?

Thursday, December 21st, 2017

How and when do you use two common topical antiseptics, acetic acid and Dakin’s solution? We help clear up the confusion. 

Acetic Acid or Dakin’s Solution in Wound Care: Am I Doing This Right?

 

In wound care, we now recognize that antibiotics – and their overuse –  contribute to bacterial resistance. With so many antibiotics losing their effectiveness, clinicians have turned to antiseptics that are bactericidal (kill bacteria) or bacteriostatic (inhibit bacteria growth) to cleanse and treat infected wounds.

At WCEI®, we receive a lot of questions about two popular antiseptics:  acetic acid and Dakin’s solution (sodium hypochlorite).  Both boast a broad range of effectiveness. Neither is new or cutting-edge. The early Egyptians treated wounds with acetic acid.  World War I clinicians successfully used sodium hypochlorite to avoid amputations due to infection. Yet, despite these long histories, we find that today’s clinicians are confused about how to use them. When should we choose these treatments and how do we use them to prepare and dress the wound?

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