Posts Tagged ‘Wound Cleanser’

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?


Top Tips for Best Wound Cleansing Practices

Friday, June 30th, 2017

Are your wound cleansing practices up-to-date? Find out with these top tips for cleaning wounds properly and choosing the right cleansers.

Top Tips for Best Wound Cleansing Practices


When you get clinicians together to talk about wounds, dressing choices are usually a popular topic. Wound cleansing? Not so much.

Cleaning a wound thoroughly – and frequently – is a crucial part of wound care. In fact, you should clean a wound every time you change a dressing – unless it’s contraindicated. Why is it so important? Cleaning a wound:

  • removes loose debris and planktonic (free-floating) bacteria.
  • provides protection to promote an optimal environment for healing.
  • facilitates wound assessment by optimizing visualization of the wound.

So, how do you know if your wound cleansing practices are up-to-date? It all comes down to choosing the appropriate cleansers and cleaning the wound using the correct wound cleaning technique.


Microcyn Skin and Wound Cleanser

Sunday, October 17th, 2010

Microcyn Skin and Wound Cleanser
Oculus Innovative Sciences

Description: Microcyn Wound Care is designed to clean, assist with debriding and moisten a wide spectrum of acute and chronic wounds without harming healthy tissue. Microcyn® is available by prescription only.

Actions: Effective in cleaning biofilms: removes proteins and organic loads from wound bed.  Rapid activity against a broad spectrum of gram-positive, gram-negative and yeast species including MRSA and VRE with the  in vitro time kill of 30 seconds.

Indications: Acute and chronic dermal lesions, Stage I-IV pressure ulcers, Stasis ulcers, Diabetic ulcers, Post-surgical wounds, Abrasions and Minor irritations of the skin.


  • No known drug/treatment interactions or contraindications
  • No rinsing required: can be used directly on the wound or in combination with gauze and other absorbent wound dressings
  • Non-irritating: safe to use around the nose, mouth and eyes
  • Ready to use: no mixing, dilution or rinsing necessary
  • Compatible: can be safely and effectively used prior to treatment with silver dressings, skin substitutes, growth factors, negative-pressure therapy and others wound care treatments
  • Stable: 18 to 24 months depending on bottle type