Case Study – The use of hypochlorous acid in an infected burn wound (June 2021)

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It is estimated that biofilms cause up to 80 per cent of all wound infections, necessitating both the use of antiseptics and the drainage of purulent discharge. In the inflamed and infected wound, it is sometimes difficult to recognise the presence of bacterial biofilms.

Here we describe an example of a non-healing, inflamed superficial to partial thickness burn wound that appeared to be associated with biofilm. Special reference to the relationship among biofilm, inflammation and non-healing of burn wounds is illustrated in the case study given. This case study also explores the use of hypochlorous acid (HOCl) in an infected burn wound.

This article was originally published in Wound Healing Southern Africa, Issue Vol 14 No 1 (2021).