Use of hypocholorous acid: an infected lower-leg wound case study

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Resistance among pathogenic bacteria to standard antimicrobial agents used for chemotherapy has emerged as a major public health concern globally and is expanding at an alarming rate. The problem is further compounded by the inappropriate and irrational use of antimicrobials, which has driven the emergence of multidrug-resistant (MDR) infections. We present a case on OXA-48 Klebsiella pneumonia wound infection, a Carbapenemase-producing Enterobacteriaceae MDR Gram-negative bacteria that was treated successfully with hypochlorous acid gauze dressings retained with crepe bandages. This approach was successful in eradicating the OXA-48 infection and further instrumental in the control of inflammation, which allowed the wound to heal completely within 60 days.

Accredited for 2 Clinical CPD on Level 1 (2021)

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General Practitioners, Surgeons, Orthopaedic Surgeons, Private Nurse Practitioners

Learning Outcomes
Medical professionals often have to manage wounds that are infected with bacteria that do not respond to antiseptics that are commonly in use to treat wounds.

Through studying this case history, clear guidelines are given on how it might be possible to manage such cases.

by: Dr. Hendrik Roos, Professor Bavesh Kana, Sr. Janette Nel

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