The use of hypochlorous acid in an infected burn wound – a case study

Keywords: biofilm, burn wound, hypochlorous acid, infection, infected wound, inflammation


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.

Author Biographies

H Roos, Trifectiv (Pty) Ltd

Trifectiv (Pty) Ltd, South Africa

B Kana, University of the Witwatersrand

Faculty of Health Sciences, University of the Witwatersrand and National Health Laboratory Service, South Africa

L Naude, Eloquent Health & Wellness

Eloquent Health & Wellness, South Africa

Case Study