Acetic Acid Successful in the Treatment of Serious Burns

Two research studies by the National Institute for Health Research Surgical Reconstruction and Microbiology Research Centre and the University of Birmingham have found that a highly diluted solution of Acetic Acid is successful as an alternative agent in the killing of bacteria and infection prevention of burn wounds for patients.

The tests analysed the ability to prevent the build-up of biofilms at concentrations of between 0.16% and 0.3% and assessed the effectiveness when used as a surface-applied, topical treatment and when used on dressings.

The key finding from the studies is that acetic acid is effective in treating infection even in highly diluted concentration. previous studies have tested at much stronger concentrations of around 2.5%.
Usage of Acetic Acid in the treatment of burns and other clinical settings has been limited due to concern over patient tolerance levels. This makes the findings even more significant and could lead to huge cost savings for hospitals.

Unfortunately, antibiotics struggle to reach the wound and as bacterial organisms become increasingly resistant to antibiotics, the effectiveness of their treatment is limited. As the risk of infection is very high for burns victims, and blood poisoning (sepsis) can occur which is seriously life threatening and the current leading cause of death for burn patients, the findings are a substantial breakthrough for surface applied and dressed treatments of burn victims.

About Acetic Acid

Acetic Acid is a carboxylic acid that is both an antimicrobial agent and an astringent. Acetic Acid in appearance is a colourless solution and has a distinctive sour taste and pungent smell and is most commonly known for its presence in vinegar.

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