Healing starts with cleaning
This concept is not new in the woundcare society, but not only do we want the wounds clean from visible dirt/impurities, it needs to be clean on a microscopic level. No harmful bacteria are welcome or allowed on the woundbed and surrounding tissue and most certainly no biofilm for these critters to hide underneath.
This is exactly why hypochlorous acid is a well-known liquid used in healthcare and more particular in woundcare. Known as an effective biocide that is highly bactericidal and virucidal by mimicking the chemistry of the human body’s natural defence system.
In our modern world we have grown accustomed to having what we want instantly. From grocery home deliveries in 60 minutes, drive-through fast-food restaurants on every second corner and even healthier choices in premade salads and quickly microwavable feasts all available at the convenience store whilst you filling up with fuel. Equally so, we need fasting working products to kill pathogens on patients’ wounds and eradicate biofilm fast and effectively whilst not hindering tissue regeneration and wound healing. Hypochlorous acid can be used as a spray or soak that is easy to apply even in those hard-to-reach cavity wounds that will have a significant reduction in the microbial load on skin, mucosal lesions and wounds without leaving a residue that needs additional cleaning.
But we want more, we want our cake and eat it too. Not only do we want an effective and fast working product but also at no cost to our environment. We need to ensure the survival of our planet for generations to come. Hypochlorous acid is environmentally friendly in use, during production and in its afterlife. Produced via a patented electrochemical activation process, in other words a process of zapping a medically approved saline formulation with low-voltage electricity and returns to a saline solution after its half-life. Though different salts can be used in production, Sodium is mostly used for livestock health and medical use, but the star of this process is the chloride ions. The oxidative superpower properties of these chloride ions make hypochlorous acid a disinfecting miracle mist.
If you haven’t heard of the superbugs in health facilities you must have been stuck in a time capsule since the 1980’s. Healthcare has learnt a lot from antibiotic resistance and how these microscopic critters have evolved to become a problem with very little solution. As a natural occurring substance in the body Hypochlorous acid eliminates viruses and bacteria by being an oxidant and leaving nothing behind for viruses and bacteria to become resistant to and no mutated resistance has been recorded.
If all of this have not convinced you yet that Hypochlorous acid is the ideal agent in woundcare cleaning here is the cherry on the cake. (I might be hungry as this isn’t my first reference to cake...). Hypochlorous acid is gentle on the skin and woundbed surface and helps speed up wound healing, cell proliferation, increases cell migration and ensures tissue granulation and fibroblast viability. It’s also anti-inflammatory and hypoallergenic making it perfectly suitable for use on all skin types and for all ages. It reduces surface pain, swelling and topical redness.
Hypochlorous acid is available in different strengths and though I have mainly touched on direct wound and human use, in higher concentrations it is well used as surface sanitizer and disinfectant.
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