What is the role of sodium hypochlorite in the treatment of pressure injuries (pressure ulcers)?

Updated: Mar 26, 2020
  • Author: Christian N Kirman, MD; Chief Editor: John Geibel, MD, MSc, DSc, AGAF  more...
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Sodium hypochlorite (2.5%) has some germicidal activity but is primarily used to debride necrotic tissue. Before it is used, zinc oxide should be placed around the edges of the wound to reduce the amount of irritation. [76] After cleansing with sodium hypochlorite, normal saline should be used as a rinse. [129] A multitude of cleansing agents are on the market, but none has been shown to be more efficacious than the others, and expert opinion still favors normal saline. [10]


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