Posts Tagged ‘wound irrigating solutions’

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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PuriCore Announces Clinical Results for Vashe Wound Therapy in Post-Operative Care of Skin Grafts on Burns

Wednesday, November 18th, 2009

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PuriCore announced results of a randomized clinical trial showing the potential effectiveness of its Vashe Wound Therapy in the post-operative care of split-thickness skin grafts for burn injuries. Vashe Wound Therapy is an FDA-cleared medical device used for moistening, irrigating, cleaning, and debriding acute and chronic wounds including stage I through IV pressure ulcers, stasis ulcers, diabetic ulcers, post-surgical wounds, first and second degree burns, abrasions, and minor irritations of the skin. Vashe Wound Therapy is a medical device that produces a biocompatible solution to enhance the clinical management of acute and chronic wounds and has been used successfully and without report of adverse events in more than 100,000 wound treatments. It is designed to be a safe, effective and economical alternative to commonly used wound irrigating solutions that inhibit wound healing.

Does your institution have a protocol that includes irrigation or ‘cleansing’ of wounds? If so, what solutions are you using in your wound care practices? What effect is it having on your wound healing or incidence of infections? The Wound Care Education Institute is interested in your thoughts and discussion about wound care.What say you?

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