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It is estimated that biofilms cause up to 80 per cent of wound infections, necessitating the use of antiseptics and drainage of purulent discharge. In the inflamed and infected wound, it is sometimes difficult to recognize the presence of bacterial biofilms. In this case study, 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 between biofilm, inflammation and non-healing of burn wounds is demonstrated in this burn patient. This case study explores the use of hypochlorous acid (HOCl) in an infected burn wound.

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General Practitioners, Surgeons, Orthopaedic Surgeons, Private Nurse Practitioners

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Medical professionals often have to manage burns that can become inflamed and infected.

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. Liezl Naudé, PNP

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