Dakin's solution: Past, present, and future

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Dakin's solution has been used for almost a century. It is a dilute solution of sodium hypochlorite, which is commonly known as household bleach. When properly applied, it can kill pathogenic microorganisms with minimum cytotoxicity. This article reviews its history and discusses how evolving technology might pave the way for a new role for this antiseptic.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)410-414
Number of pages5
JournalAdvances in Skin and Wound Care
Issue number9
StatePublished - Sep 2013
Externally publishedYes


  • Antisepsis
  • Dakin's solution
  • Medical history
  • Negative-pressure wound therapy
  • Wound care


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